Report: Wade Phillips a candidate for Browns’ defensive coordinator

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Wade Phillips said last week he intended to continue his career. He might get that chance in Cleveland.

Phillips’ name has been discussed internally for the job to run the defense in Cleveland under new head coach Kevin Stefanski, Mary Kay Cabot of reports.

The Rams announced last week they are not renewing Phillips’ contract after three seasons.

Phillips, 72, would appear a longer shot for the job than some others. Not only does Phillips run a 3-4 defense, but two other names have history with Stefanski.

Current Browns’ defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is among the candidates for the job, Cabot reports, and the team is expected to have a thorough search.

Stefanski was set to hire Wilks last year if the Browns had hired Stefanski as head coach.

Cabot reports that Stefanski also will consider former co-worker George Edwards. The Vikings are not renewing the contract of their defensive coordinator.