Andy Reid was in negotiations with the Kansas City Chiefs to become their next coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The two sides were working out details and Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations.
The Philadelphia Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons on Monday, the same day the Chiefs parted with Romeo Crennel after the worst season in franchise history.
The Chiefs have a connection with Reid through team president Mark Donovan, who spent six years as the Eagles’ senior vice president of business operations. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was joined by Donovan and several members of his inner circle while interviewing Reid for nearly nine hours on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
The negotiations had progressed to the point that Reid canceled plans to interview for the opening in Arizona. The Cardinals are now intending to interview former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, a person familiar with their plans told the AP.
COWBOYS: An autopsy has found that Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. was sober when he was killed in a crash that led to an intoxication manslaughter charge against the teammate at the wheel.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Thursday that Brown died of head and neck trauma when their vehicle overturned. He had a dislocated neck, a severely bruised spine and a blood alcohol content of 0.056 percent. That’s well below the Texas drunken driving standard of 0.08 percent.
Police have said Cowboys nose guard Josh Brent, who was driving, had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when after the Dec. 8 crash in Irving, a Dallas suburb. He remains free on $100,000 bond.
Police say neither man was wearing a seatbelt.
COLTS: Granted offensive coordinator Bruce Arians permission to speak with the Chicago Bears about their head coaching vacancy, though it’s unclear when the interview will take place because Indianapolis will face AFC North champion Baltimore in a wild-card round game Sunday.
49ERS: Place-kicker David Akers says he received death threats on Twitter and has closed the account.
He says the threats came last week. Once he saw them, he reported it to team and NFL security personnel.
Akers is 29 for 42 on field goal attempts this season.