Chiefs go big with Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs have struck quickly and they have struck big.

Andy Reid is coming to the Heartland.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting the Chiefs and Reid have agreed in principle to a deal for him to coach the team. The deal is expected to become official later Friday.

Reid is one of the biggest names available this season. The Philadelphia Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons in which he won 130 games. The Chiefs have beaten out the Chargers and Cardinals for Reid’s services.

Reid will have power in Kansas City and is expected to be able to hire his own front-office staff. Earlier Friday, the Chiefs parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli.

Pioli’s hiring four years ago was met with great expectations. It didn’t work as the Chiefs floundered to a 2-14 record in 2012.

But there is talent in Kansas City, and the Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in the draft. Reid’s biggest challenge will be to fix the quarterback problem in Kansas City, and the Chiefs clearly think he is the man for the job.

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