Report: Hakim to reunite with Vermeil

Updated: June 11, 2005, 2:59 PM ET
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Free agent wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim has reached an oral agreement to play with the Kansas City Chiefs next season, The Kansas City Star reported.

Az-Zahir Hakim
Wide Receiver
Detroit Lions
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
31 533 3 17.2 39 233

Hakim, who played for Dick Vermeil's 1999-2000 Super Bowl champion team in St. Louis, is expected to be in Kansas City for next weekend's mini-camp. The paper said Vermeil was Hakim's biggest attraction to the Chiefs.

Hakim caught 31 passes for 533 yards for the Lions last season but was cut when they drafted Mike Williams.

Hakim is expected to have a quick assimilation to the Chiefs offense, catching balls from former teammate Trent Green. Hakim will likely be penciled in as the third starter behind Eddie Kennison and Samie Parker.

When reached earlier Friday, Vermeil said he wanted what was best for Hakim.

"I would love to have him here," he told the paper, "but I don't want to overstate the case to him and talk him into doing something if he has a better deal somewhere else. If [his plans] include the Kansas City Chiefs, I'm excited. I know this young man really well. He's already done a great job for me."