AP sources: Saints’ Nielsen passes on LSU job, stays in NFL

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FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen looks on during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. A person familiar with the situation says Nielsen has agreed in principle to become LSU’s next defensive coordinator. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, because some contractual details were still pending. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two people familiar with the situation say Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen has informed LSU that he will not take the defensive coordinator job after initially agreeing in principle to do so.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition on anonymity because negotiations have not been made public.

A person told the AP on Monday that Nielsen had agreed in principle to take the LSU position but that there were some outstanding contract issues to iron out.

Another person told AP that the Saints have promoted Nielsen to assistant head coach.

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