HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Though Herman Edwards maintains he will return to New York next season, the Jets should expect a phone call from the Kansas City Chiefs in the coming days.
A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday the Chiefs plan to contact the organization for permission to speak with Edwards about taking over for Dick Vermeil. Edwards and the Chiefs have been linked for the past six weeks, when it became apparent Vermeil was considering retirement.
Now that Vermeil has stepped aside, clears the way for his former player to get a shot at the job. It is unclear whether the Jets would grant permission to the Chiefs to talk to Edwards. Chiefs spokesman Pete Moris told the AP on Monday he could neither confirm nor deny that the team had asked permission from the Jets to speak with Edwards.
DRAFT ORDER FINALIZED: Oakland and San Francisco will flip a coin to determine who gets the sixth pick in the NFL Draft and who gets the seventh.
The complete order for the April 29-30 draft was announced Monday, with Houston at No. 1, presumably with the rights to Reggie Bush, the Southern California running back who is expected to declare his eligibility after Wednesday's Rose Bowl. New Orleans (3-13) will have the second pick.
After the Saints come a group of 4-12 teams: Tennessee, the New York Jets and Green Bay, followed by Oakland and San Francisco.
After the seventh spot, the rest of the order among non-playoff teams is Buffalo, Detroit, Arizona, St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Minnesota, Dallas, San Diego, and Kansas City.
TEXANS: Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will be interviewed by owner Bob McNair later this week about replacing Dom Capers.
Denver coach Mike Shanahan said McNair contacted him and planned a trip to Denver later this week. The Broncos have a bye week, and NFL rules allow assistants of playoff teams in their bye week to be interviewed once by teams looking for coaches.
BEARS: Chicago signed offensive lineman Roberto Garza to a six-year contract extension.
The former Atlanta Falcons guard and center appeared in all 16 games and started seven after signing a one-year deal with the Bears in March.
REDSKINS: Cornerback Shawn Springs is the biggest injury concern for Washington for its first playoff game since 1999.
Springs aggravated his groin injury in the first half of Sunday's 31-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He had an MRI on Monday, but team officials weren't expecting the results until today.
Rookie Carlos Rogers, the former Butler star who has missed three games due to a biceps injury, is expected to return for Saturday's playoff game at Tampa Bay.
"I'll be ready, no doubt," Rogers said. "If it hurts, it hurts."
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