Report: New contract not too far off for Andy Reid

Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner says that a new contract will be in the works for coach Andy Reid before it expires after next season, reports Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“Yeah, I'm sure it will be," Banner told Comcast Network in an interview that will be played Sunday. "We have a phenomenal relationship with him. We view him as (being) in the top couple of coaches in the league.’’

Reid is shooting for his 100th career victory on Sunday as the Eagles host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has a career record of 99-63-1 (ask Donovan McNabb about the one tie) and only Bill Belichick and Jeff Fisher have more career wins among active coaches.

The one thing that is eluding him, however, is a Super Bowl championship. Reid is 10-7 in the playoffs.

“Andy could have a bad week, have a bad year, and that wouldn't change the fact that he's in the upper echelon of coaches in this league, and we feel lucky to have him," Banner said. “So, at whatever point, I'm sure that that issue will be resolved.”

Reid would be wise to wait until the dust settles this coming offseason to engage in serious talks with the club. With so many experienced ex-head coaches on the outside looking to get back in—see Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, etc.—they’re going to command huge pay days. Reid can wait to watch them drive the market value up for the “top couple coaches in the league.”

Soon enough, someone will take it to $10 million a year.

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