Colts hire McDaniels as head coach

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) confers with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says he’s become a much better person and coach for having had a second stint with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Josh McDaniels as their coach.

The hiring of the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator was announced Tuesday on the Colts' Twitter account. It comes a little more than three weeks after word leaked the sides were close to a deal.

"We are excited to welcome Josh McDaniels, who has agreed to terms as our new head coach!" the Colts tweeted.

Contract terms were not immediately available. A news conference has been scheduled for Wednesday.

McDaniels was New England's offensive coordinator the past five years. NFL rules prohibited the Colts from making the hiring official until the Patriots' season ended. New England lost 41-33 to Philadelphia in Sunday's Super Bowl.

McDaniels won five Super Bowl rings with New England and went 11-17 as Denver's head coach in 2009 and 2010.

The Detroit Lions hired Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as head coach on Monday.

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