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The Bears also hired Vic Fan­gio as their new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, hop­ing the veteran coach who spent the last four sea­sons with San Francisco can breathe some life into the once-sto­ried unit.

Fan­gio had been a can­di­date for the de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor job with the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins. He also was by­passed for the 49ers’ coach­ing job, given to de­fen­sive line coach Jim Tom­sula.

Fan­gio just fin­ished his fourth sea­son as 49ers de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor after com­ing from Stan­ford with for­mer coach Jim Har­baugh be­fore the 2011 sea­son. San Francisco had one of the NFL’s top de­fenses dur­ing his ten­ure but missed the play­offs at 8-8 this sea­son fol­low­ing three straight NFC Cham­pi­onship Game ap­pear­ances.

Fan­gio will be asked to re­shape the Bears into the same kind of stingy, ball-hawk­ing, hard-hit­ting bunch he had in San Francisco.

Last sea­son un­der co­or­di­na­tor Mel Tucker, the Bears al­lowed 442 points, the sec­ond most in fran­chise his­tory be­hind a team-record 478 one year ear­lier.

Chicago also brought in for­mer Green Bay Pack­ers de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ed Donatell to coach de­fen­sive backs. Donatell spent the last four sea­sons as the sec­ondary coach for the 49ers.

Ravens get Trest­man: The Bal­ti­more Ravens hired Marc Trest­man as their of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, keep­ing with their ten­dency to hire a for­mer head coach for the po­si­tion.

Trest­man was fired by the Bears last month after go­ing 5-11 in his sec­ond sea­son. He also in­ter­viewed with Cleve­land for the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor job.

Trest­man is the fourth for­mer head coach in four years to fill the po­si­tion with the Ravens. He fol­lows Cam Cameron, Jim Cald­well and Gary Ku­biak.


Wood­son will re­turn to Raiders: The Oak­land Raiders signed pend­ing free-agent safety Charles Wood­son to a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion on Mon­day, bring­ing him back for an 18th sea­son in the Na­tional Foot­ball League.

The team an­nounced the con­tract by re­leas­ing a pic­ture of Wood­son sign­ing the deal next to Hall of Fame de­fen­sive back Wil­lie Brown. Wood­son was el­i­gi­ble to be a free agent in March.

Wood­son will turn 39 in Oc­to­ber but showed few signs of slow­ing down in his 17th pro­fes­sional sea­son. He played all 16 games this sea­son and was on the field for a teamhigh 1,100 snaps, ac­cord­ing to STATS LLC. The only de­fen­sive back to start a game at age 39 or older is Hall of Famer Dar­rell Green, who played un­til he was 42.

Wood­son led the Raiders with 160 tack­les, in­clud­ing 105 solo tack­les and four in­ter­cep­tions. He also added nine passes de­fensed and one sack.

Wood­son, who played for the Green Bay Pack­ers from 2006-’12, is an eight-time Pro Bowl player.

Rams shift lease agree­ment: The Rams took a step to­ward lame-duck sta­tus in St. Louis and a pos­si­ble move back to the West Coast, no­ti­fy­ing the city’s Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Com­mis­sion that they in­tend to shift to a year-to-year lease agree­ment for their use of the Ed­ward Jones Dome.

Rams bil­lion­aire owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint ven­ture that an­nounced plans ear­lier this month for an 80,000-seat sta­dium in the Los An­ge­les sub­urbs. Any move would be sub­ject to ap­proval by the NFL and its own­ers. The NFL has al­ready said no moves would be made in time for next sea­son.

Un­der terms of a 30-year lease agree­ment reached in 1995, the Rams had the abil­ity to con­vert the lease to an­nual terms if the dome was not deemed among the top 25% of NFL sta­di­ums based on vari-

Wood­son ous cri­te­ria.

The CVC had lit­tle chance of meet­ing the stan­dards given 22 of 32 teams are play­ing in sta­di­ums built after 1995.

For­mer Vik­ings star dies: Run­ning back Tommy Ma­son, the first draft pick in Min­nesota Vik­ings his­tory, has died. He was 75.

Ma­son’s sis­ter-in-law, Suzanne MacNeil, said Ma­son died Thurs­day at his home in New­port Beach, Calif.

No cause of death was given, but Ma­son sus­tained mul­ti­ple con­cus­sions dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer, MacNeil said, and was part of the “88 Plan.” That’s the pro­gram cre­ated in honor of for­mer NFL player John Mackey, who wore No. 88 for the Bal­ti­more Colts and died in 2011 after a long fight with de­men­tia.

The “88 Plan,” part of the NFL la­bor agree­ment in 2006, was de­vised to pro­vide up to $88,000 an­nu­ally for care for for­mer play­ers with de­men­tia or Alzheimer’s.

The Vik­ings took Ma­son out of Tu­lane with the first over­all se­lec­tion in 1961. The na­tive of Lake Charles, La., played six of his 11 NFL sea­sons with the Vik­ings and be­came their first all-pro player in 1963. He also was picked for three Pro Bowls.

Ma­son is eighth on the team’s all-time rush­ing list with 3,252 yards and ninth with 39 touch­downs. He also was a kick­off and punt re­turner.

Ma­son went on to play four years with the Los An­ge­les Rams and his fi­nal sea­son with the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins.

Mar­rone lands in Jack­sonville: Doug Mar­rone prob­a­bly didn’t en­vi­sion this when he

Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive tackle Vince Wil­fork didn’t have the big­gest game of his ca­reer against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts, but that didn’t stop him from mak­ing an im­pact Jan. 18.

Wil­fork helped pull a woman out of an over­turned SUV he came upon while driv­ing home from the Pa­tri­ots’ 45-7 vic­tory over the Colts in the AFC Cham­pi­onship Game at Gil­lette Sta­dium.

Ac­cord­ing to Mas­sachusetts state po­lice, Wil­fork stopped at the site of the crash and talked to the driver un­til po­lice ar­rived. The woman could not get out of the ve­hi­cle un­til Wil­fork man­aged to pull her out with one hand while an of­fi­cer held open the driver’s side door.

Wil­fork left once of­fi­cers said they were ca­pa­ble of han­dling the sit­u­a­tion.

“I just wanted to get her to safety,” Wil­fork told re­porters the next day.

The 38-year-old woman was later ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and neg­li­gent op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Ravens to re­lease line­man: The Ravens in­tend to ter­mi­nate veteran nose tackle Ter­rence Cody’s con­tract after the Su­per Bowl, the team an­nounced.

Cody is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for an­i­mal cru­elty, and the case is be­ing dis­cussed with the Bal­ti­more County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice, said po­lice spokes­woman Elise Ar­ma­cost.

Cody hasn’t been charged with a crime.

Ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple sources, the case in­volves the death of Cody’s dog.

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