Childress' deal led to Reid's

Philadelphia coach Andy Reid might want to send Minnesota’s Brad Childress a bouquet of flowers. Or maybe a commission.

Three weeks after the Vikings extended Childress’ contract through the 2013 season, the Eagles did the same Wednesday for Reid. Both coaches’ contracts were due to expire after the 2010 season. They also have the same agent, Bob LaMonte.

Coaches' salaries are among the best-kept secrets in the NFL. But I think it’s fair to say LaMonte used Childress’ numbers as a baseline for negotiations with the Eagles. So it was important for LaMonte to finalize the Childress deal before agreeing to anything with the Eagles. From a business perspective, Reid’s tenure and long-term success dictate his contract should come in higher than Childress’.

Reid and Childress are longtime friends, dating back to their time coaching together at Northern Arizona University in the late 1980s, and they still vacation together. Perhaps Reid should pick up the tab next time.