Frazier says he’s joining Buccaneers as DC

Updated: January 3, 2014, 11:45 PM ET


ESPN.com news services


Leslie Frazier will be the next defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former Minnesota Vikings coach told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Frazier went 21-32-1 in three-plus seasons for the Vikings, including 5-10-1 in 2013.

Frazier, 54, had one season remaining on his contract with Minnesota.

He will join a Bucs staff led by new coach Lovie Smith, who was hired this week after Greg Schiano’s ouster. Also, former California coach Jeff Tedford agreed to be Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator under Smith, according to league sources.

The Bucs also are targeting Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard as their next general manager, sources said. Prior to taking the Chiefs job in 2013, Ballard was in the Bears’ personnel department when Smith was their head coach.

The Bucs still may interview another candidate or two for the general manager job but Ballard tops the list, sources said.

Information from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen was used in this report.

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