The Kansas City Chiefs
are on the verge of a deal to make Andy Reid their next head coach, according to league sources.
There still are minor details to work out, but after nine hours of meetings Wednesday, one source involved in the talks said "the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon."
One source close to Reid said this morning, "This is going to happen fast." The two sides spent the day Wednesday meeting at a private airport in the Philadelphia area. Reid had been scheduled to fly to Arizona to speak to Cardinals officials about their head-coaching opening, but talks progressed with the Chiefs to the point where no hangups are expected.
The Chiefs' contingent of officials included owner Clark Hunt, general manager Scott Pioli, executive Ryan Petkoff and president Mark Donovan, who used to work in Philadelphia with Reid.
By the end of the day, the expectation among the parties in attendance was that a deal would be wrapped up. One assistant coach aligned with Reid even told ESPN on Thursday morning that he is going to Kansas City, not Arizona. Once the deal is finalized, the next question in Kansas City will shift to the future of Pioli. Reid is expected to want to bring his own personnel men to Kansas City, which does not bode well for the future of Pioli. Reid worked in Philadelphia with former Browns general manager Tom Heckert, who is expected to be one candidate. Reid also is best friends with Packers director of football operations John Dorsey, who has interviewed for other general manager jobs in the past.
The Chiefs fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday after a 2-14 season.