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Edwards in K.C.; Eagles might deal T.O.

ProFootballWeekly.com asks associate editor Jeff Reynolds for his thoughts on the hottest topics in the NFL.

Edwards new chief in Kansas City

The Chiefs introduced Herman Edwards as head coach on Monday. Edwards, who reportedly signed a four-year contract that can be worth $12 million, replaces Dick Vermeil, 69, who retired at the end of the regular season. Edwards plans to interview coaches from the current staff immediately to begin assembling a coaching staff.

PFW: What is Edwards’ greatest challenge in Kansas City?

Reynolds: The Jets were on the verge of rebuilding, again, and a roster deconstruction that would have left the coach with a very young, inexperienced club. Edwards and Carl Peterson face a great challenge in remaining competitive in the next two seasons. Peterson spent, and always has, to win now. Unfortunately, investments in the present burn you in the future in the NFL. Edwards inherits an aging roster with four OL starters age 30 or over, a quarterback in Trent Green who is nearing the end and a defense with its own age and talent concerns. The only positions Edwards can consider solidified on his 2007 — a new coach always projects one year out — depth chart are running back (Larry Johnson), left guard (Brian Waters), left cornerback (Patrick Surtain), strong-side linebacker (Derrick Johnson) and left defensive end (Jared Allen).

Eagles clear Rosenhaus to find a trade for T.O.

Preferring to gain something in dumping Terrell Owens, the Eagles are permitting Drew Rosenhaus, Owens’ agent, to mine for a trade that would send Owens out of Philadelphia. Rather than release him outright before March, when Owens is due a roster bonus, Philadelphia expects to receive an offer or two on the talented but thorny wide receiver from a number of teams in need of a top-flight receiver.

PFW: Which teams are expected to bid on Owens?

Reynolds: Dallas and Washington could bid, which is a big reason the Eagles chose to line up a trade rather than grant Owens his outright release. The brass in Philadelphia would prefer not to see Owens twice a year against either of these NFC East rivals. When Owens was focused in 2004, he displayed just how dangerous he was, and no one should blame head coach Andy Reid and general manager Tom Heckert for seeking bids outside the division. A deal to Tampa Bay, Denver, Houston, Oakland or Miami is feasible. Should Owens hit the open market, he would be the most talented player available, but not the most coveted. Several decision-makers with a need at the WR position won’t even consider Owens because of his selfishness and volatile personality. Owens is mildly misunderstood in the sense that he’s one of the best practice players in the league — according to Atlanta offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, who coached Jerry Rice and Owens with the 49ers — and wants desperately to win. But he also wants his name on the marquee, demands the ball, isn’t a great teammate and thus can divide a locker room or sink a coaching staff.


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