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NFL Rumors: Ron Rivera a Top HC Candidate; Redskins Among Interested Teams

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 28, 2019

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera answers questions during a news conference after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. San Francisco won the game, 51-13. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera isn't expecting to remain unemployed much longer. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Rivera is viewed around the league as a top coaching candidate and is telling people a deal with a team could come together within 24 hours after Week 17 ends. 

Rapoport noted the Washington Redskins are among the teams that have interest in the 57-year-old. 

The Panthers parted ways with Rivera on Dec. 3, ending his nine-year tenure with the organization that began in January 2011. 

Per Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, Redskins owner Dan Snyder assembled a small circle of football people earlier this season to help him conduct their search and the expectation is they "are going to move fast" in choosing a new head coach. 

Breer added Washington "could be one to watch" for Rivera. 

The Redskins are in the market for a full-time head coach after firing Jay Gruden in October amid an 0-5 start. Bill Callahan, who was on Gruden's staff as the offensive line coach, took over on an interim basis.

Rivera's 76 wins are the most by a head coach in Panthers history. He led the franchise to four playoff appearances, three straight NFC South titles from 2013 to 2015 and the NFC championship during the 2015 season.