CLEVELAND – The Browns have Chip Kellys interest. Now they need his signature.
The team was expected to meet with Oregons innovative coach again Saturday and hopes to complete a deal to make him Clevelands sixth coach since 1999. The sides met for a reported seven hours in Arizona on Friday and came close to reaching an agreement but parted company agreeing to talk a second time.
Kelly also met with Buffalo, and he intends to keep a scheduled meeting with Philadelphia, who werent going to pursue the 49-year-old when it was learned a deal with Cleveland was near. Its possible Kelly and his agent, David Dunn, are meeting with the other teams to gain leverage with the Browns.
Kelly went 46-7 in four years at Oregon.
Cleveland has also spoken with former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Syracuses Doug Marrone and Penn States Bill OBrien, who removed himself from consideration Thursday and said he would return for his second season with the Nittany Lions.
Chiefs’ Reid already assembling staff
The work is only beginning for new Kansas City coach Andy Reid, who takes over a team that was just 2-14.
Reid arrived at a downtown airport aboard a chartered flight Friday afternoon, shortly before he signed a five-year deal with the Chiefs.
Kansas City ultimately announced Reids hiring on Twitter, a few hours after he toured the teams facilities. A news conference is scheduled for Monday, but neither the Chiefs nor Reid has spoken to the media or offered a statement upon his hiring.
Reid had already begun assembling his staff and its expected he will attempt to lure back many names from his best days in Philadelphia, including former Browns coach Pat Shurmur, Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress, former Eagles assistant coach Doug Pederson, and Juan Castillo, who reportedly has an offer to become offensive line coach.
Panthers keep coach
Ron Rivera will return as coach of Carolina. Rivera met with owner Jerry Richardson Saturday and was informed that he will return for a third season. Rivera, who has two years on his current contract, is 13-19 in two seasons.
Eagles keep looking
Philadelphias front-office brass left for Arizona to continue interviews for the teams coaching vacancy.
The Eagles are committed to finding the right fit for head coach and are heading to Arizona now to kick off a week of interviews with a variety of candidates including Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, the team said.
A source told The Associated Press that Syracuse coach Doug Marrone also will meet with the Eagles. The team wouldnt confirm the interview.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly wasnt listed on the statement released by the Eagles, though reports say he met with them Saturday.