Dave Wannstedt is back in the NFL after being hired to be the Buffalo Bills' assistant head coach in a job that reunites him with good friend and colleague Chan Gailey.
The Bills announced the hiring Friday after the two sides met for most of the day to negotiate the contract. The team did not divulge terms, although a person familiar with talks said the contract runs for more than one season.
Wannstedt returns to the NFL after spending the past six years coaching the University of Pittsburgh, where he was forced to resign last month.
He went 42-31 in four-plus seasons as coach of the Miami Dolphins before being fired midway through the 2004 season. He also coached the Chicago Bears for six seasons – from 1993-98 – going 40-56.
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