Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now.
The two sides spent much of Thursday in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs’ coach, a source told the Associated Press. The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings. It was unclear which details were preventing the two sides from reaching an agreement.
The Philadelphia Eagles fired Reid on Monday, the same day the Chiefs dumped coach Romeo Crennel.
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 before joining Kansas City. Several members of the Chiefs met with Reid, who has also been linked to openings in Arizona and San Diego, for close to nine hours on Wednesday.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt began his search for Crennel’s replacement in Atlanta, where he interviewed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on Tuesday. One day later, Falcons coach Mike Smith said that Koetter had signed a new contract and would not be pursuing a head coaching job.
The opening in Kansas City is attractive on several levels: The Chiefs had five Pro Bowl players despite their 2-14 record, they have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history, and it appears that Hunt is willing to give his next coach more authority to make personnel decisions than in years past.
With Reid no longer in the picture, the Arizona Cardinals received permission to interview Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their coaching job, according to a source.
Haley, former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, was offensive coordinator for Arizona in the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run in the 2008 season and has a good relationship with Cardinals President Michael Bidwill.
The other known candidates for the Arizona job are Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was given permission to interview with the Chicago Bears for their coaching job. It remains unclear when the meeting will take place, because teams cannot interview coaches whose teams are still in the playoffs.
Arians has never been an NFL head coach, but he went 9-3 while filling in for coach Chuck Pagano. The San Diego Chargers also are reportedly interested in Arians, but the Colts have not confirmed that they’ve received a request.
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says he’s “definitely” interested in exploring coaching opportunities once Washington’s season is over.
Shanahan, 33, could be a candidate for one or more of the seven NFL openings based on his successful season molding a creative offense around rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Winfield set to play
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield did not practice Thursday and plans to wear a bigger cast on his broken right hand in the playoff game against Green Bay this weekend.
Winfield, a former standout at Garfield High School and Ohio State, wore a pad on his hand in the game on Sunday, but could not finish because it swelled up and was causing him too much pain.
Winfield sat out all three practices this week, but did some individual work on Thursday to test how the hand responded with a bigger soft cast.
Winfield says it was an improvement, and he plans to play against the Packers.
Raiders sign three players
The Oakland Raiders signed running back Jon Hoese, nose tackle Johnny Jones and receiver Isaiah Williams to reserve/future contracts. Hoese spent the 2011 season on Green Bay’s practice squad. Jones spent the past two seasons with the Packers. Williams spent time this past season on Arizona’s practice squad.
MSU’s Bell to enter draft
Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell will skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. Bell rushed for 1,793 yards this season.