ESPN, citing an anonymous source, said McCarthy stayed at the home of Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones over the weekend.
“Once you stay at Jerry’s house, he doesn’t lose his guy,” the source told the sports network.
McCarthy, who will become the ninth coach in franchise history -- and the team’s eighth coach in the last 30 years -- replaces Jason Garrett, who had an 85-67 record with Dallas from 2010 to 2019.
It was announced Sunday night that Garrett would not have his contract renewed, KTVT reported.
The Cowboys were 2-3 in the postseason Garrett’s tenure. Garrett had regular-season records of 12-4 (2014), 13-3 (2016) and 10-6 (2018), but had four 8-8 seasons -- including 2019 -- and a 4-12 mark in 2015.
McCarthy coached the Packers from 2006 to 2018 and had a regular-season record of 125-77-2 and an 18-10 mark in the playoffs. He won six division titles and took the Packers to four NFC title games. The Packers also made eight straight postseason appearances under McCarthy, the third-longest streak in NFL history behind former Cowboys coach Tom Landry, former Steelers coach Chuck Noll and current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth reported.
The Cowboys also interviewed former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis over the weekend, the newspaper reported.
McCarthy began his coaching career in 1993 with the Kansas City Chiefs as an offensive assistant, ESPN reported. He became the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1999 and served as offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2004. He held the same position in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers before becoming the Packers' head coach in 2006.