Tony Sparano is going from Silver and Black to Red and Gold.
The former Raiders head coach will replace Eric Mangini as the 49ers' tight ends coach, according to an ESPN report.
CSNBayArea.com reported on Wednesday that Tomsula was considering Sparano for a spot on the team's offensive staff.
Sparano was a finalist for the Raiders’ permanent job, but the organization last week hired Jack Del Rio as head coach. Prior to his promotion to take over for coach Dennis Allen after the Raiders’ 0-4 start, Sparano was the Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line.
The Raiders were 3-9 under Sparano, including a 24-13 victory over the 49ers on Dec. 7.
Sparano was Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach in 2003 and ’04 before moving to the offensive line and working as the organization’s run game coordinator.
He became head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2008, winning an AFC East title in his first season. After two 7-9 seasons, the Dolphins fired Sparano after a 4-9 start in 2011.
Mangini, who was not retained on the 49ers’ staff as tight ends coach, met with Tomsula on Wednesday evening about the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position to replace Vic Fangio.