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Saints TE Coach Dan Campbell in the mix for Vikings OC

The Minnesota Vikings are casting a wide net in their search for a new offensive coordinator.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Dan Campbell, the assistant head coach of the New Orleans Saints, will interview for the Vikings offensive coordinator position on Tuesday.

Campbell, also the Saints tight ends coach, is a former NFL tight end.

Known as a blocking tight end, Campbell was selected in the 3rd-round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He went on to play for the Cowboys (2003-2005), Lions (2006-2008) and Saints (2009). Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was the Cowboys defensive coordinator when Campbell played for Dallas.

Campbell received his first NFL coaching job the following year. He was an intern under then Miami Dolphinshead coach Tony Sparano, who is now the Vikings offensive line coach. The following season Campbell received a promotion to tight ends coach under a new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Campbell became the interim head coach when Philbin was fired in 2015. He led the team to a 5-7 record.

In 2016 Campbell was hired as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints. Campbell has served in that role for two seasons under head coach Sean Payton. Payton was Campbell’s offensive coordinator when he played for the Cowboys.

Campbell, a Texas native, is 41 years old.

It should be noted that of the Vikings offensive coordinator candidates so far, Sean Ryan, Kevin Stefanskiand Campbell have not yet called plays during their NFL coaching careers.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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