Penn State's Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become the new coach of the Houston Texans, according to league sources.
The deal is expected to be announced no later than Saturday.
Texans owner Bob McNair wanted a coach who had both NFL experience and head coaching experience.
O'Brien, a protégé of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was a New England assistant from 2007 until 2011.
The Texans fired Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6.
Browns: Cleveland will begin interviewing coaching candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski this week by meeting with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Chudzinski was fired Sunday after a 4-12 season, his first as Browns coach.
The Browns have also requested permission to interview Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who declined the request until after Denver's season is over.
Jaguars: Jacksonville plans to let veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew test free agency. General manager Dave Caldwell said that Jones-Drew has "earned the right" to enter the market in March.
Jones-Drew made it clear Monday that he wants to stay in Jacksonville but said his decision is all about money.
Chiefs: The mother of former Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the team after exhuming his body so that his brain could be examined.
The lawsuit, filed by Cheryl Shepherd in Jackson County (Mo.) circuit court, alleges that Belcher was subjected to "repetitive head trauma" and that the Chiefs failed to provide adequate medical care before he killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide last December.
Jets: General manager John Idzik said the team "will look at quarterbacks" in the offseason, declining to commit to Geno Smith as the starting quarterback for 2014 even though he started every game and improved late in the season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.