Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports
Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement only a few hours after general manager Scott Pioli was fired, according to a report by ESPN. The report states lawyers for both sides are reviewing the details of the contract and that an announcement could come soon.
Reid, 54, joins the Chiefs after 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles that began with promise and postseason runs to that came tantalizingly close to the franchise's first Super Bowl title but ended with philosophical differences between him and upper management.
Reid has not decided upon a general manager yet but his connections to former Eagles general manager Tom Heckert and current Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey make them the likeliest of candidates.
Reid's record with the Eagles was 130-93-1 in the regular season but only 10-9 in the playoffs. After a free agent frenzy last offseason, the team went 8-8, which owner Jeffrey Lurie publicly stated wasn't good enough.
After a 3-1 start to this past season, the bottom fell out with eight straight losses, the firing of defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, a concussion that knocked out Michael Vick, a defense that couldn't cover anyone, the firing of defensive line coach Jim Washburn and the release of defensive end Jason Babin, who fired a few barbs back at Reid after landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In his press conference to announce Reid's firing, Lurie indicated he wasn't pleased with the way Reid kept searching for the next player, coach or gimmick that would get the Eagles over the hump. He didn't mention Reid by name but said the team had broken from is philosophy of making the right move, not the popular one, to be successful. Lurie also threw his support behind general manager Howie Roseman, whose player evaluations he said were among the best in the building.
Now, Reid is free to find his own GM to help him regain his control over personnel. The Chiefs' willingness to give him more power in that department is what helped them win over Reid and prove reports he was all but delivered to the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week were unfounded. Reid canceled any potential meetings with the Cardinals and San Diego Chargers after Wednesday's meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs lasted about nine hours.
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