Buffalo has hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to fill the same role with the Bills, according to several reports Wednesday.
Pettine's deal is for three years, ESPN.com reported. However, the Bills have yet to announce the move.
After working as the Jets defensive coordinator for four years, Pettine left New York at the end of the regular season. He joins the Bills staff of new coach Doug Marrone, who landed the job last week.
Marrone, who has an offensive background, had indicated that he wanted an defensive coordinator with NFL experience. Pettine fits that description and also has familiarity with the teams in the Bills' division, the AFC East.
Marrone also is set to move forward with 33-year-old Nathaniel Hackett as his offensive coordinator, The Buffalo News reported. Hackett served on Marrone's staff at Syracuse.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Jets secondary coach Dennis Thurman would replace Pettine as New York's defensive coordinator.
"We had conversations and, right now, Mike thinks it's best that he goes to a different team as a defensive coordinator, and I wish him all the best -- unless he goes to Buffalo," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday. "I hope he doesn't take that job. I hope he goes somewhere else."