The Chicago Bears have moved quickly to interview candidates to replace former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and they went outside the organization for at least one of those interviews.
Pagano, who was fired by the Colts after the 2017 season, posted a 53-43 record in six seasons at the helm, but is now looking to get back into the coaching game, having been linked to several different openings.
Pagano served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens for a season before being hired by the Colts in 2012. He has also coached position groups with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns during his NFL career.
The Bears also interviewed defensive backs coach Ed Donatell for the position on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Other candidates, including Todd Bowles and Vance Joseph, have already agreed to deals with other teams, as Bowles will serve as defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay and Joseph will head to Arizona to work with Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals.