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AP source: Redskins hire Haslett to coach defense

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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Jim Haslett has agreed to become the Washington Redskins’ defensive coordinator, the second major hire for new coach Mike Shanahan.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Haslett and the Redskins reached a deal Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement.

Haslett was head coach in New Orleans from 2000-05 and interim coach in St. Louis in 2008 after Scott Linehan was fired. He also has been a defensive coordinator for the Rams, Saints and Steelers.

Haslett spent last season as head coach of the Florida Tuskers of the new United Football League.

Shanahan, hired last week to replace Jim Zorn, now has both coordinators in place. His son, Kyle, will be the offensive coordinator.