Aaron Glenn is joining Dan Campbell in the Motor City.
Three days after Detroit hired Campbell as its new head coach, the team announced Saturday that Glenn has been hired as the Lions' new defensive coordinator.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Glenn was expected to leave the Saints where he's served as a defensive backs coach the past five years. His addition signals another important step in Detroit's restructuring after hiring Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes in the last nine days.
Glenn worked on the same coaching staff as Campbell under Sean Payton in New Orleans from 2016-2020. The former cornerback was also a head coaching candidate in New York, where he interviewed with the Jets before the team hired 49ers DC Robert Saleh. Campbell, a former tight end, and Glenn also played together for a season with the Cowboys in 2005.
Glenn, a first-round pick by the Jets in 1994, made two Pro Bowls during his 15-year career before retiring in 2008. After a brief GM stint in the now-defunct Texas Lone Star Football League in 2012, he joined the Jets as a personnel scout.
Glenn departed N.Y. for Cleveland in 2014 where he worked for the Browns as an assistant secondary coach under head coach Mike Pettine.