Report: Bears request permission from Cowboys to speak with George Edwards about defensive coordinator opening

Edwards was the Vikings' defensive coordinator from 2014-'19.

(670 The Score) The Bears have requested permission from the Cowboys to speak with Dallas senior defensive assistant George Edwards regarding Chicago’s vacant defensive coordinator position, ESPN reported Monday evening.

The Cowboys’ desire is to keep Edwards, though they can’t block him from pursuing the job because it would represent a promotion, ESPN reported. Edwards has had plenty of plenty of success as a defensive coordinator before, filling that role for Minnesota from 2014-’19. In that six-year stretch, he directed a top-five defense on three occasions. Edwards, 53, was also the defensive coordinator in Washington and Buffalo earlier in his coaching career.

The Bears are searching for their third defensive coordinator in the past four seasons after Chuck Pagano announced his retirement last week. The Bears ranked 11th in total defense and 14th in scoring defense in 2020.

The Bears also have several internal candidates who could be defensive coordinator candidates for them.