The New York Giants are finalizing a deal for New England Patriots wide receiver/special teams coach Joe Judge to become the team’s next head coach.

Judge would become the 21st head coach in franchise history. He would replace Pat Shurmur, who was fired on Dec. 30 after going 9-23 in two seasons.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal was in the works as of Monday night. Baylor head coach Matt Rhule was expected to interview with the team on Tuesday but never made it to New Jersey. Rhule, who was considered an early favorite to succeed Shurmur, reportedly will accept a seven-year deal worth up to $70 million to become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

Judge was the youngest of the known candidates for the Giants’ head coaching vacancy, turning 38 on New Year’s Eve. He has been mentored by both Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. He has spent eight seasons on the Patriots staff, a part of three Super Bowl winning teams.

The Giants also interviewed Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Kris Richard, former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale.

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McCarthy agreed Monday to become the new Cowboys head coach one day after the team announced they were parting ways with Jason Garrett after nine seasons. The Giants are reportedly seeking permission to speak with Garrett, who was on the Giants’ roster as a backup quarterback in 2000, for their offensive coordinator position. Garrett is under contract with the Cowboys through Jan. 14.

Judge will be tasked with resurrecting a Giants franchise that is an NFL-worst 12-36 since the start of the 2017 season. The team does have Daniel Jones, who will be entering his second season, at quarterback. According to various sources, the presence of Jones made the Giants’ head coaching job more attractive to candidates. Even Belichick was high on Jones when he was coming out of Duke a year ago.

Judge is a native of Philadelphia who played collegiately at Mississippi State. He joined the Patriots in 2012 after spending three seasons at Alabama. The Crimson Tide won two BCS National Championships during Judge’s time in Tuscaloosa.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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