Todd Bowles with the Miami Dolphins in 2011
Miami Dolphins head coach Todd Bowles looks on during the third quarter of their NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts December 24, 2011. REUTERS/ Reuters

The New York Jets have found their replacement for Rex Ryan in their head coaching position hiring former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles signing a four-year contract with the Jets. The development was first reported on and the report said the deal will be finalised on Wednesday.

The Cardinals went 11-5 in the 2014 regular season and qualified for the postseason where they lost to the Carolina Panthers, 27-16 in the wild card round. The Jets were 4-12 and missed the postseason for the fourth straight year. Bowles will join Mike Maccagnan, who is also a new hire at the general manager position, in trying to turn the Jets franchise back into playoff contention.

It’s official. Woody has named Mike Maccagnan our new General Manager.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 13, 2015

Bowles also played in the National Football League (NFL) as a safety for the Washington Redskins from 1986 to 1990 and 1992 to 1993 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1991. The Jets were also targeting Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, but after Bowles meeting with Jets owner Woody Johnson and other team officials, the franchise decided to go with Bowles. Bowles has been in the coaching staff for various defensive coaching positions with different NFL teams since 1995. He was part of the Green Bay Packers (1995 to 1996), Cleveland Browns (2001 to 2003), Dallas Cowboys (2005 to 2007), Miami Dolphins (2008 to 2011) and Philadelphia Eagles (2012). Bowles, who is from New Jersey, was the Jets’ secondary coach in 2000.