Eric Mangini, a former Browns and Jets coach, has been hired by the 49ers to serve as a senior offensive consultant, a league source confirmed Saturday.

Mangini, 42, will be asked to use his defensive insights in helping the 49ers offensive staff.

Mangini spent the past two seasons as an ESPN analyst. He has a history of working with Brad Seely, the 49ers assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

The senior consultant role is a newly created position on coach Jim Harbaugh's staff.

Mangini had been out of the NFL since going 10-22 as the Cleveland Browns coach in 2009-2010. He posted a 23-26 record as the New York Jets coach from 2006-2008.

  • The Raiders fired media relations director Zak Gilbert. Gilbert had been working from home and had not been at the club facility since April 18, the day a Sports Illustrated story was published detailing the state of the franchise under the late Al Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie's attempts to modernize the operation.

  • Steelers offensive tackle Michael Adams was in stable condition after being stabbed twice during an attempted carjacking, according to Pittsburgh police.

    Basketball

    Former Warriors guard Mookie Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital a day after police said his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.

    An Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman confirmed that the 46-year-old Blaylock's condition had improved since he was airlifted to the hospital. Police said he was initially placed on life support and was in critical condition late Friday.

    Police said Blaylock's SUV crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming van Friday afternoon.

    A passenger in the van, 43-year-old Monica Murphy, died Friday night.

    Motor sports

    South Bay native AJ Allmendinger will drive in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races, at Road America on June 22 and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 17.

  • Joey Logano led the final 34 laps to win the Nationwide Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Brian Vickers was second.

    Staff writer Jerry McDonald and The Associated Press contributed to this report.