Bill Parcells is open to considering coaching Saints

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Reebok jerseys of the Jets' Tim Tebow have been used without permission, according a suit filed by Nike, which is replacing Reebok as the NFL uniform supplier.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Reebok jerseys of the Jets' Tim Tebow have been used without permission, according a suit filed by Nike, which is replacing Reebok as the NFL uniform supplier.

If the New Orleans Saints asked Bill Parcells to be interim head coach during Sean Payton’s yearlong suspension, the 2011 Hall of Fame finalist says he would be a “hypocrite” if he didn’t at least consider the possibility.

“If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll think it over and clearly I’m in some phase of the process without knowing whether it’s going to become a reality,” Parcells told ESPN. “Sean’s become a dear, dear friend. I’m trying to be a friend.

“You know, when I was a young coach, there were people like Chuck Noll, Chuck Knox and Tom Landry who were there for me. I think to honor those guys who helped me, you turn around and pass that legacy on to somebody else and Sean’s an example of that. If he needs me and the owner and GM feel the same way, then I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t consider it.”

NIKE SUES: Nike went to court Wednesday to prove that Reebok is no shoo-in to promote New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow on apparel.

Nike Inc. claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok International Ltd. has used Tebow’s name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York. The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.

49ERS: San Francisco added another member of last season’s Super Bowl-champion New York Giants, agreeing to terms with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year deal.

ESPN first reported Jacobs would join the NFC West champion 49ers. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the deal Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity

Jacobs becomes the second member of the reigning Super Bowl champions to join the Niners this month. Wide receiver Mario Manningham signed a two-year deal last week.

BEARS: Receiver Devin Thomas has agreed to a one-year contract.

Thomas has 43 receptions for 482 yards in four seasons with Washington, Carolina and the New York Giants. He was mainly a special-teams player for the Giants last season and recovered two fumbles in the NFC title game.


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