Andy Reid, Chiefs on verge of a deal, reports say

January 3, 2013

Andy Reid had been the face of the Eagles’ organization since 1999. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Initial reports had Andy Reid, fired after 14 seasons by the Philadelphia Eagles, all but hired by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week.

Now, Reid reportedly is thisclose to becoming the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reid’s interview with the Cardinals, where he would have been reunited with former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, was canceled. Instead, he and his agent met with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, team president Mark Donovan and General Manager Scott Pioli for over nine hours Wednesday.

When the meeting ended, “the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon,” a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Although minor issues remain, a source close to Reid told ESPN: “This is going to happen fast.”

The Chiefs, at 2-14 finished with the worst record in the NFL under Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday, and will require a major overhaul. The team will have the first pick in the NFL draft and could take a quarterback, just as Reid did in his first draft as coach of the Eagles.

With Reid on board, the Chiefs will determine the future of Pioli. Reid is expected to want to bring in his own personnel staff and may want to hire former Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert, with whom he worked in Philadelphia, or John Dorsey, the Green Bay Packers’ director of football operations and a close friend of Reid’s.

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