ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting this morning that the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement with Andy Reid as the team’s head coach. The Chiefs and Reid have been engaged in deep discussions about joining the Chiefs. Mortensen reports that the two sides are having attorneys review the contract. Reid was rumored to be 95% certain to be hired by the Arizona Cardinals, but the Chiefs met with Reid in Philadelphia prior to his departure to the desert. Reid never met with Cardinals officials and cancelled his meeting with the team yesterday.
The Chiefs also announced the release of general manager Scott Pioli on Friday afternoon. That move was a definite signal that the team was going to move forward with Reid as the team’s coach. Former Browns general manager Tom Heckert has been rumored to be Reid’s choice as general manager. The duo worked together in Philadelphia.
The next question for Reid is the quarterback situation for the Chiefs and what to do with the first overall draft pick. The Chiefs have the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the first time in franchise history the Chiefs have owned the first overall pick. Rumors have suggested that Reid might want to bring in Michael Vick, who is expected to be released by the Eagles this offseason. Matt Cassel has proven not to be the answer at quarterback for the Chiefs.Brady Quinn played under a one-year contract, and proved no better than Cassel.
Reid could bring in Vick and draft a quarterback this season and groom him for the future. However, Vick is nothing more than a stop-gap measure at quarterback, not a long term answer. Reid should remember also that Vick helped to contribute to him getting fired in Philadelphia as well. He has had an injury-prone, turn-over filled two seasons in Philadelphia.