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Browns, Kelly near deal

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:20 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -

The Cleveland Browns are close to a deal with Oregon's Chip Kelly to become their next coach.

The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and the Ducks coach was supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland, The Associated Press reported.

The Eagles planned to interview several other candidates regardless of any conversations with Kelly.

The Eagles were granted permission Friday to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and are scheduled to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

Following Oregon's win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night, the 49-year-old Kelly said he wanted to get the interview process over "quickly."

Reid in, Pioli out in K.C.

Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City on Friday, and the Chiefs signed the coach to a five-year deal to replace Romeo Crennel.

The team scheduled a news conference for Monday.

Reid and the Chiefs agreed to a deal giving the longtime Eagles coach broad authority over football decisions. His deal came hours after the Chiefs announced they had parted with general manager Scott Pioli after four seasons.

Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he'll also have the No. 1 pick in the draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville owner Shad Khan is allowing assistant coaches to look for other jobs while he continues interviewing candidates to be the team's general manager.

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