- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009

From combined dispatches

The New York Jets reached an agreement with Rex Ryan on Monday to make the Baltimore defensive coordinator their coach, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the four-year deal was not yet finalized, said it was expected to be done in the next few days.

The 46-year-old Ryan replaces the fired Eric Mangini. Ryan takes over a team that started last season 8-3 but missed the playoffs with quarterback Brett Favre after losing four of its last five games.

Ryan is expected to be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.

The Ravens’ defensive coordinator the last four seasons is the son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan and twin brother of Cleveland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

RAVENS: Willis McGahee joined his teammates Monday at Baltimore’s training complex after doctors told him he would make a full recovery from a fierce helmet-to-helmet hit in the AFC championship game that had him carted off the field.

“I’m all right. Everything is OK,” the running back told reporters as the Ravens cleared out their lockers. “The MRI and the CAT scan checked out good. I was scared, but I didn’t know how serious it was. It was pretty intense.”

GIANTS: Less than two days after Steve Spagnuolo left to become coach of the St. Louis Rams, Tom Coughlin promoted linebackers coach Bill Sheridan to replace him as the team’s defensive coordinator.

“Bill is a very good football coach,” Coughlin said. “He does an excellent job of teaching, of reinforcing what we aspire to be with our defensive team.”

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Cameron Wake, a two-time winner of the Canadian Football League’s top defensive player award, signed with Miami.

Wake played the past two seasons with the British Columbia Lions, winning the defense award both times. He had 137 tackles and 39 sacks in that time and was named the CFL’s top rookie in 2007.

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