Edwards to KC almost a done deal

Herman Edwards will likely be the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It seems to be just a matter of the Jets and Chiefs working out compensation.

The Jets want a couple of high draft picks in return for their disgruntled coach, and the Chiefs want to send a low round selection.

They will likely meet in the middle, with the Chiefs giving up a couple of middle round selections – perhaps third and fourth round picks.

And with Edwards on his way to Kansas City in the next few days, the Jets could annoint offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger as their next head coach.

Heimerdinger has certainly paid his dues, spending 20 years as a college assistant, and the last decade in the NFL. Prior to coming to the Jets, "Dinger" worked five years as the Denver Broncos wide receivers coach, where he won two rings. Then it was on to Tennessee, where he was the offensive coordinator for a Titans attack that was consistently one of the NFL's best.

Heimerdinger certainly has a much better resume than Edwards did when he took over in 2001.

Heimerdinger is considered one of the brightest, most innovative offensive minds in the NFL. It was hard to see that in 2005, his only season as Jets offensive coordinator, but he was dealt a terrible hand. The Jets were devastated by injuries on offense.

Edwards wants out of New York because the Jets refused to extend his contract, a deal that still has two years left. Edwards reportedly wanted two years and more money added to his current contract. Considering the Jets finished 4-12 this season, it was hard for Jets owner Woody Johnson to justify re-working Edwards contract, so he's willing to let him walk for compensation.

Edwards worked for the Chiefs in the 90's as a coach and then in the scouting department. He is very close with Chiefs President Carl Peterson from their days together with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chiefs feel they are on the cusp of being a Super Bowl team, and want a veteran coach to take over and not make a lot of changes. Edwards fills the bill.


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