The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to give an extension to coach Andy Reid and GM Brett Veach, not surprising, given the fact that Reid pulled off a feat for the team that hasn’t been seen in decades.
The Chiefs managed to protect their coaching and future of the team by signing an agreement in terms of contract extensions until 2025 with both of the leaders. Official sources confirmed the extensions on Monday to ESPN after the NFL Network first mentioned the pending negotiations.
The Chiefs Have A Lot Of Faith In Reid
Reid and Veach already have some time working with the Chiefs. They joined the team in 2013, Veach starting as a scout and Reid as head coach. In 2017, Veach was promoted to GM and Reid continued to work on building up the team to become Super Bowl champs.
The Chiefs’ fortune changed right away upon their arrival. The team conquered the AFC West, becoming division champs in four seasons and making the playoffs in six of seven seasons under the leadership of the two. The Chiefs became more popular as they won their first Super Bowl last year for the first time in 50 years, beating the beat the San Francisco 49ers on their way to victory. They might even be headed to the big game once again this season.
Reid And Veach Are Proven Leaders
Reid, 62, is 77-35 in seven seasons with the Chiefs. His contract was extended until 2025 and he has no intention of retiring. He is still a valuable asset for the team and explains, “One of the great things about this job is when you look forward to coming to work and to deal with the players and coaches.” Reid is satisfied and proud of his job. His position is dynamic as he needs to deal with lots of different people, but he has shown to be more than capable of handling the challenge.
Reid adds, “I’m lucky enough to be around good players and coaches. [Patrick Mahomes] makes it even better. He has a unique ability with what he does with his teammates. The ‘Honey Badger’ [Tyrann Mathieu] was part of this, too.” Reid’s enthusiasm highly motivates Chiefs’ players and makes them play at their full potential, and another great year probably lies ahead.
“[Mahomes and Mathieu] make our jobs very enjoyable. I come to work and have two great leaders like that, along with other players who love to play the game. Listen, if it takes me into my 70s, then let’s roll,” he adds. Reid sounds as having a young and spirited personality, which are crucial for a team success.
Veach, 42, is said to be responsible for having identified Mahomes in the 2017 draft as a brilliant and promising star. He actually convinced Reid and others they should consider stepping up in the first round to get the quarterback. The team’s chairman, Clark Hunt, recently announced the Chiefs were seeking to re-sign Veach as he is a very important asset for the team. Hunt explains, “We’re very lucky to have Brett as part of our organization.”
Hunt adds of Veach, “He’s done an amazing job over last three years of taking a really good roster and turning it into a championship roster, and I think it’s a roster now that’s going to have a chance for multiple years to be a contender for the Super Bowl. He’s done an outstanding job. He works extremely well with Coach Reid, he also has a great rapport with our players, so he’s somebody that we want here for the long term.”
The Team That Almost Wasn’t
At one point this year, the Chiefs faced a financial crunch as they had less than $200 of space under the salary cap. However, they were able to find a way to sign Mahomes, defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce to new contracts that total up to more than $600 million. Mahomes picked up a massive ten-year extension potentially worth $503 million to become the highest-paid player in the NFL, and will carry a lot of weight on his shoulders to make the deal worthwhile for the Chiefs.