Prior to the hire, Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing a league source, reported on Jan. 4, "Kelly's camp has reached out to [the] 49ers."
NFL Network's Albert Breer also reported that Kelly's "relationship with 49ers senior personnel [executive] Tom Gamble remains intact" and "could be a key."
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported prior to San Francisco's firing Jim Tomsula that Kelly was "under strong consideration" by the 49ers, which could have been one of the reasons the organization decided to part ways with Tomsula.
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