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NFL roundup: Reid near deal with Chiefs

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Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid appears to be zeroing in on a new team while his old team looks to have competition for the man targeted as his replacement.

Days from ending his 14-year tenure as Eagles coach, Reid was on the verge of being hired by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, according to an ESPN report. Reid had met with Chiefs officials for nine hours Wednesday, one source told ESPN, and "the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon."

After that meeting at a private airport in the Philadelphia area, Reid rescheduled his interviews with the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers, but is unlikely to keep those appointments.

A Reid hire would probably spell the end in Kansas City for general manager Scott Pioli, who would be replaced with former Eagles and Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert as part of a Reid package deal, according to multiple reports. Eckert worked with Reid from 2001-09.

The Buffalo Bills have scheduled a Friday interview with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, who is also sought by the Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. He will meet with Buffalo in Arizona, a day after the fifth-ranked Ducks play Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Bills also have interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, according to the team webite. Multiple reports also said they are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday.

---Recently fired Chicago Bears Lovie Smith is expected interview with the Buffalo Bills soon, according to multiple reports.

NFL.com said Smith has been speaking to the Bills, but hasn't received an official interview for their vacant head coaching position. Smith has received interest from a few teams.

---The Cardinals are scheduled to interview former offensive coordinator Todd Haley to replace Ken Whisenhunt as head coach.

Haley served as Steelers offensive coordiantor in 2012 after he was fired before finishing his second season as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Current Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton also interviewed for the head coaching position.

---Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was selected as the NFC's offensive player of the month for December.

Peterson rushed for 861 rushing yards last month, more than any player in any month in NFL history. In five December games, Peterson ran for 210, 154, 212, 86 and 199 yards, and led a four-game winning streak into the playoffs.

---Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tied another NFL record as he earned his sixth career AFC Offensive Player of the Month award.

Manning completed 123 of 174 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns with three interceptions and a 108.4 passer rating in December. He also won the award in October. He's one of seven players to win the honor six times since the award was instituted in 1986.

---Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was not at Thursday's practice because of medical reasons.

The Indianapolis Star reported Arians was excused to see a physician for an undisclosed illness. The matter isn't considered serious; a number of Colts players have missed time with flu-like symptoms this week.

---Soon-to-be-retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will shift to the ESPN broadcast booth next season, according to a SI.com report.

Citing multiple sources, SI.com said Lewis is close to signing a multiyear contract with the sports network. He would have a large role on the Monday Night Countdown program, and would be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.

---The Washington Redskins signed free-agent safety Devin Holland to a reserve/futures contract, the team announced.

Holland originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent in July 2011, but was waived a little more than a year later.
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