Edwards Gets 5-Year Deal from the Chiefs?

Well that didn't take long. Less than twelve hours after Kansas City orchestrated a trade with the New York Jets that gave them permission to speak to Herman Edwards, the Chiefs have their 10th head coach under contract.

Just yesterday afternoon Herman Edwards was one of the lowest paid head coaches in the NFL. He can't say that anymore. Late Friday evening according to the KC Star and later confirmed by KSHB TV-41 the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a five year deal with Edwards. The incentive laden contract could pay the former New York Jets head coach $20 million dollars. This contract puts Edwards in the upper third of NFL head coaches.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to hold a press conference on Monday to introduce Herman Edwards as their new head coach.

Edwards takes over for the recently departed Dick Vermeil who officially retired last Tuesday. This will be the second tour of duty for Edwards in Kansas City. He was a scout and than an assistant coach under Marty Schottenheimer from 1990-1995.

In five years as the New York Jets head coach, Edwards had a career record of 39-41. He took the Jets to three playoff appearances in five years. His predecessor Dick Vermeil only managed to get the Chiefs in the post season once in his five years in Kansas City.

It's not known which Jets coaches might make the move to Kansas City with Edwards. One rumor suggests that defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson might join Edwards staff with the Chiefs. But Henderson has already interviewed with the New Orleans but he's scheduled for a second round of talks with the Saints on Monday.

If Henderson comes to Kansas City in the same capacity; the Chiefs would have to part ways with Gunther Cunningham. The Chiefs one time head coach is now in his second stint as defensive coordinator in Kansas City and though the defense has made strides from 2004 to 2005, Edwards might want to bring in his own coordinator to run the defense.

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders has made a trio of stops in search of a new job. He interviewed with Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans about their head coaching vacancies. He also supposedly met with the Philadelphia Eagles about their now vacant offensive coordinator position. Saunders is expected to talk for the second time with the Detroit Lions on Monday where he's in a battle with former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett.

With numerous head coaching vacancies yet to be filled in the NFL the Chiefs job was the second job filled on Friday. Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress inked a five year deal with the Minnesota Vikings earlier in the day.

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