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01-06-2006, 02:15 AM

Edwards is done in N.Y.
Coach cleans out Jets office; KC closes in on Vermeil replacement

The Kansas City Star

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — After two months of speculation and a wild Thursday in New York, the Chiefs are on the verge of getting their man.

Herman Edwards cleaned out his office Thursday and was waiting to speak to Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson later in the night, a source close to the situation said. Edwards’ five-year run with the New York Jets is over, one day after the Chiefs were negotiating to bring him to Kansas City, nearly one week after coach Dick Vermeil announced his retirement.

The Jets canceled Edwards’ season-ending news conference Thursday, and TV trucks were camped outside the team training complex at Hofstra University. Edwards was nowhere to be found.

On Thursday afternoon, Peterson was in Indianapolis interviewing Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks. Peterson, known as one of the toughest negotiators in the NFL, may have been creating leverage for his discussions with the Jets. In a span of about 24 hours, negotiations heated up, apparently cooled down, then resumed late Thursday.

Edwards was the buzz of New York radio on Thursday as Jets fans speculated over how the Chiefs could steal away him for middle-round draft picks.

He reportedly wanted a contract extension from owner Woody Johnson and is in the bottom rung of the pay scale among NFL head coaches. Edwards is believed to make about $2 million a year.

He led the Jets to three playoff appearances in five years but had a 4-12 finish in 2005 with an injury-decimated team. He immediately was a front-runner after Vermeil’s announcement, in part because of his defensive savvy but mostly because of his long history with Peterson.

Peterson tried to recruit Edwards to UCLA, signed him as an undrafted rookie cornerback with the Philadelphia Eagles and then gave him his first NFL job as an executive in the Chiefs’ player-personnel department in 1990.

In a video montage honoring Vermeil earlier this week, Edwards was shown embracing his former coach in their season-opening meeting at Arrowhead. A source close to Edwards says he’s very intrigued with the Chiefs job. With much of the roster expected to be intact from a 10-6 team, Kansas City is considered one of the most attractive of the eight NFL jobs open.

One thing was certain by late Thursday — that New York was ready to let Edwards go. Call-in shows pondered his replacement. Various media reports said that the Jets had grown tired of his interest in Kansas City and that the relationship was damaged.

In a city that has a team in the playoffs this week, Edwards and the Chiefs were the main story. Headlines screamed Edwards either leaving or needing to leave.

As the sun drifted beneath the covered fences at the Jets’ complex, the TV crews began to give up. A cameraman who sprinted a block to zoom in on a black Mercedes packed up his gear. One by one, the trucks departed.

Edwards’ agent, Gary O’Hagan, declined to comment Thursday. Ron Colangelo, the Jets’ vice president of public relations, said Edwards’ staff wasn’t expected in the office today because they were taking some time off.

In the days since Vermeil’s New Year’s Eve announcement, the Chiefs have interviewed three known candidates — Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders and Meeks.

Meeks, 51, has been with the Colts since Tony Dungy became their head coach in 2002. The Colts had struggled on defense but made a dramatic turnaround this season and became one of the top units in the league.

But by late Thursday, it was obvious the Chiefs had their man in sight. He’s an old friend, much like the Vermeil hire in 2001.

Bob Dole
01-06-2006, 06:43 AM
If Travis Meeks has kicked his meth addiction, he'd be a great choice. At least we'd probably get some new music at home games.

01-06-2006, 06:51 AM

Edwards was the buzz of New York radio on Thursday as Jets fans speculated over how the Chiefs could steal away him for middle-round draft picks.

Is it just me, or is this sentence hard to read? "steal away him?"

siberian khatru
01-06-2006, 06:56 AM
Peterson, known as one of the toughest negotiators in the NFL,

Ha. I didn't think Merrill was into sucking dicks. Carl appreciates the hummer in print.