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Bret Bielema Reveals Multiple NFL Teams Have Contacted Him This Offseason

Bret Bielema pointing while wearing a red Arkansas jumpsuit.

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - NOVEMBER 23: Head Coach Bret Bielema of the Arkansas Razorbacks points to a official during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Bulldogs defeated the Razorbacks 24-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema might be back in coaching soon.

His next stop might not be where you expect him to be, however.

Since he broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at Iowa, his alma mater, in 1994, Bielema has exclusively coached in college. His assistant coaching stint at Iowa ended in 2001, and he headed to Kansas State for two years before joining the Wisconsin staff in 2004.

After two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Badgers, Bielema was hired as head coach in 2006. He held that position through 2012 before taking the head job at Arkansas.

Bielema led the Razorbacks for five years until he was let go after the 2017 season. Now he's a coaching free agent.

Bielema revealed this week that he is considering taking a job on an NFL staff. It would be his first experience at the professional level.

In a profile with Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, Bielema says he has been offered assistant coaching roles in the NFL as well as television analyst gigs for college football.

He's mulling over taking one of the NFL positions, and he explained to Staples why he is contemplating making the leap to the pros.

Bielema said “about a half dozen” NFL teams have reached out to him about coaching at that level next season. He’s thinking about it, too. He realizes he wouldn’t be able to walk into a head coaching job, but he’s intrigued by the idea of coaching the best players without dealing with some of the more annoying aspects of recruiting.

“I don’t mind Twitter,” Bielema said. “But when a kid makes a decision based on how many Twitter followers he gets, that’s when I’m about ready to tap out.”

Bielema's comment about recruiting is telling. There have been plenty of coaches over the years who look to move to the NFL not only to advance their careers, but also to get away from the endless grind of recruiting.

Bielema has been a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator in addition to being a head coach, so we're assuming he'd be a defensive assistant at the next level.