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Dick Lebeau may join Titans after passing on Cardinals; No Bengals interest so far

If Dick Lebeau wants to join a rebuilding franchise, the Titans are the perfect fit. If he wants to join a Super Bowl contender, the Bengals make more sense.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers parted with defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau, it looked like he would end up in Arizona with former colleague Bruce Arians.

However, that plan appears to have fallen through after Kent Somers reported Lebeau would not join Arians' staff. That's left the longtime Steelers DC and hall-of-fame defensive back without a job as the offseason continues.

There are now rumors of Lebeau joining the Titans staff, where he would reunite with former colleague Ken Whisenhunt. One has to wonder though if Lebeau, who will be 78 when the 2015 NFL season begins, wants to be part of a rebuilding franchise like Tennessee that's not going to contend for a Super Bowl anytime soon.

The Bengals however are much closer to contending for a title while also having previous ties with Lebeau. Not only does Lebeau hail from London, Ohio, but he served as the Bengals' DBs coach and defensive coordinator from 1980-1991. He came back to Cincinnati in 1997 to become defensive coordinator and assistant head coach before becoming the head coach from 2000 to 2002.

Needless to say, he probably still knows Cincinnati like the back of his hand, and would feel more comfortable with the only franchise he's been with longer than the Steelers, of whom he'd been with since 2004 before parting with this offseason.

If Lebeau wants to join a rebuilding franchise, the Titans are the perfect fit. If he wants to join a Super Bowl contender, the Bengals easily make more sense.