Chiefs extend contracts for coach Reid, GM Veach

Clark Hunt, Andy Reid
Brett Veach
Posted at 1:45 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 18:56:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The duo who led the Chiefs to the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 50 years will be sticking around a few more years.

The club announced Monday that coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach had signed contract extensions with the club.

“I can’t speak highly enough about the job the two of them have done,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "... The value of a great head coach in the NFL can’t be overstated."

But the value of having a GM who works well with that head coach is equally critical.

Veach worked as an assistant to Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the team's scouting department. He then came to Kansas City with Reid before the 2013 season.

“One of the most important things to the success that we’ve had is the way that he and Andy work together,” Hunt said. "… It’s probably been better than we thought.”

Hunt praised the “fantastic job” Veach has done growing into the job, especially in terms of salary cap management and his aggressiveness "but in a conservative way" in reshaping the roster with a targeted approach.

Reid, 62, thanked the Hunt family, which owns the team, in a statement from the organization announcing his contract extension.

"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,” he said. “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."

The Chiefs did not announce the terms, either the length or value, of the deals.

Veach, 42, had a remarkable offseason after becoming the second-youngest GM to win a Super Bowl.

He signed Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in NFL history, a nearly $500-million extension that will keep him in Kansas City another 12 seasons, and also inked star defensive tackle Chris Jones and star tight end Travis Kelce to new deals.

Veach also was the central figure in signing safety Tyrann Mathieu and trading for defensive end Frank Clark, who helped turn around the Chiefs’ defense last season en route to winning Super Bowl LIV.

"Brett has had a remarkable run as our General Manager over the past four years, and he certainly deserves this recognition," Hunt said in a statement announcing the extensions. "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."

Now in his eighth season with the Chiefs, Reid is 85-36 during the regular season with four AFC West titles (2016-19) and six playoff appearances in seven seasons.

He ranks sixth in NFL history with regular season wins (215) and fifth in regular and postseason wins combined (230).

"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," Hunt said in a statement announcing Reid’s extension. "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."

Reid, a Los Angeles native, previously served as the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach (1999-2012) and spent time at the University of Missouri (1989-91).

Veach — a native of Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, who played college football at the University of Delaware — is in his fourth season as the Chiefs' GM.

"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."