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Arizona Cardinals reportedly working out deal to make Dick LeBeau new LB coach

The legendary defensive mind will apparently not be a senior advisor.

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The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly adding legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to the coaching staff, but not in the capacity many expected.

Fox Sports 1's Alex Marvez reported Tuesday evening the Cardinals were "working to seal the deal"  on an agreement that would make LeBeau the team's linebackers coach.

LeBeau resigned as defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers after the regular season, but was very clear about his intentions to keep coaching. 2015 will be his 57th year working in the NFL.

It had long been reported the Cardinals wanted to add LeBeau as a senior defensive advisor. The team has vacancies at defensive coordinator and at linebackers coach after Todd Bowles was hired by the New York Jets to be their head coach and Mike Caldwell left the staff to join Bowles.

If LeBeau is added as linebackers coach, it could explain the interest the Cardinals reportedly have in Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. They could be targeting him to be the senior advisor since LeBeau would coach linebackers. It is also expected that the team promote a current defensive assistant to be defensives coordinator. The two names mentioned right now are defensive backs coach Nick Rapone and outside linebackers coach James Bettcher.

What remains to be seen is which of those two will be named DC and if the Cardinals will still seek a senior advisor if LeBeau is already on staff.