Chiefs extend deals of coach Reid, GM Veach
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach have signed contract extensions with the club.
Terms were not revealed, although The Athletic indicated Reid and Veach each received five-year extensions. Reid’s current contract has two years remaining.
Reid and Veach are being rewarded after building the team that won the Super Bowl last season with a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Reid, 62, is in his eighth season with the Chiefs. He has an 85-36 regular-season mark and has led Kansas City to the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons.
“Over the last eight seasons here in Kansas City we’ve had the opportunity to witness one of the greatest head coaches of all-time lead our franchise to its first Super Bowl title in 50 years,” Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a news release. “He’s a hall of fame head coach, but more importantly, an outstanding person who has really changed our team culture. I’d like to congratulate Andy and his family on this well-deserved extension. It is our hope that he can finish his legendary career right here in Kansas City.”
Veach is in his eighth season in the organization and fourth as general manager. At age 42, he became the second-youngest NFL general manager to win a Super Bowl.
“Brett has had a remarkable run as our general manager over the past four years, and he certainly deserves this recognition,” Hunt said. “His creativity, along with personal connection to our players and staff, has helped build a championship roster. He has had an impressive start to his career as a GM, and I know he’ll continue his aggressive approach that has consistently improved the talent of the Chiefs.”
Kansas City sports the second-best record (8-1) in the NFL this season. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0) have a better mark.
Reid ranks sixth on the all-time list in regular-season coaching victories. He stands at 215-129-1 in 22 seasons, the first 14 with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012.
Reid guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl following the 2004 season but the club lost to the New England Patriots. But his 15-14 postseason record includes last season’s Super Bowl victory, which is just the second in Kansas City history.
“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for their support over the last eight years,” Reid said. “Aside from winning the Super Bowl, one of my favorite moments last season was being able to be a part of bringing the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to the family. I’m grateful for our players, my coaching staff, our support staff and our great fans. My family and I love living in Kansas City, and I look forward to continuing my career here.”
Veach has been lauded for his talent evaluation as well as helping the Chiefs lock up key players such as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones with long-term deals.
“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for putting the trust and confidence in me to run our personnel department,” Veach said. “I’m blessed to be surrounded by talented people, including a tremendous staff and a hall of fame head coach. I’m excited and looking forward to continue building upon the foundation we’ve established as a team.”
Veach also spent time in the Eagles organization (2007-12) before coming to Kansas City. He was Reid’s assistant from 2007-09.
–Field Level Media