The Carolina Panthers have been notified that the San Francisco 49ers plan on interviewing Steve Wilks for their defensive coordinator position, a league source confirmed.
Despite finishing the season as the team’s interim head coach, Wilks is technically under contract as a defensive back coach. Because of this, Carolina does not need to grant the 49ers or Wilks permission to interview since the position would be a promotion and not a lateral move.
Wilks was considered a finalist for the Panthers’ top job after winning six of the team’s final 12 games. However, owner David Tepper hired Frank Reich and the team introduced its sixth full-time head coach on Tuesday.
Hours after Reich’s presser, the Texans announced the hiring of DeMeco Ryans — who had been serving as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator — as head coach. Shortly after that, the 49ers notified Carolina of their plans to speak with Wilks.
This is a developing story