Sources: Chiefs, Edwards agree to four-year deal

Updated: January 9, 2006, 12:05 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Jets coach Herman Edwards was on his way to Kansas City and expected to sign a contract Monday to become coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, a team official familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

 Herman Edwards
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The deal for Edwards, who reached a verbal agreement with the team on Sunday, is for $12 million over four years, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

The Chiefs scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. ET Monday.

The 51-year-old Edwards will receive a raise from the $2 million per year that he was making as Jets coach. The Chiefs received permission Friday morning to talk with Edwards after the NFL office gave the OK for the Chiefs to compensate the Jets with a fourth-round choice in the 2006 draft.

Edwards will replace Dick Vermeil, who resigned after five years and led the Chiefs to a 10-6 record. They were the only 10-win team not to make the playoffs.

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson and Edwards have been close friends for more than 30 years, since Peterson tried to recruit him to UCLA. Edwards' background as a defensive player and coach was also a big factor in his favor.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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