Vikings working on deal with Mike Singletary

Published Jan. 16, 2011 8:14 p.m. ET

Posted: January 16, 2011 9:25 p.m. CT

According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora:

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is expected to reach a deal to become the Minnesota Vikings' linebackers coach, according to a source who says the likelihood of Singletary joining Minnesota's staff "looks good."

Both the Vikings and the Carolina Panthers have expressed interest in Singletary serving as linebackers coach. The Panthers are searching for a replacemenet for Richard Smith, who is following former Panthers coach John Fox to Denver, a league source said Sunday.

Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker, played with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and Panthers coach Ron Rivera, and both first-time NFL coaches would like their former Chicago Bears teammate to join their staffs.