Since winning his first Super Bowl four years ago, Andy Reid has had to field questions about his eventual retirement. He brushed off those questions this week in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl LVIII.
But what if, instead of a post-game retirement, the long-time coach gets an extension?
Sources tell CBS Sports that an extension is more likely than retirement in Reid’s fifth Super Bowl appearance. Reid, one of the winningest coaches of all time, is in line to get a raise almost regardless of the outcome of Sunday night’s game. He signed a six-year extension after his first Super Bowl win four years ago, and has two years left on his current contract.
Multiple sources have pointed out how little Reid was paid. He makes close to $12 million a year, which ranks him 10th in the league among all coaches. A win Sunday would give him his third Lombardi, when the other 31 active coaches have a combined six.
And with the recent additions of Sean Payton and Jim Harbaugh to the AFC West, Reid is now the third-highest paid coach in his division, more than $5 million a year less than those two.
“He’s not backing down,” a source said. “He’s not getting paid what he should be getting paid. It’s a problem with the whole organization. The pay has not been what it should be from top to bottom.”
Bosses are, in a way, victims of their own success. Because they are able to win like no other franchise in the league today, there is a perception that what they have is enough.
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In reality, Kansas City has some of the smallest sports science and analytics departments in the entire league. An NFL Players Association poll of players last year ranked the Chiefs 29th out of 32 when it came to categories like the weight room, practice room and team travel.
The Chiefs couldn’t watch the Bills-Dolphins game while in the air in Week 18 because the plane didn’t get the channel. Kansas City ended up playing Miami a week later in the playoffs. In a hot summer practice last year, the Chiefs couldn’t even use their indoor facilities because there was no air conditioning.
When the Chiefs arrived at the Raiders facility for practice this week, everyone on staff saw the change in the team’s facilities. Reid couldn’t help himself from complimenting his division rival – and perhaps sending his message to the bosses.
“They did it the right way,” Reid said of the Raiders’ facilities in Wednesday’s pool report. “It’s wide. They’re not going to get through it in a year or two.
“I never thought I’d be practicing here. I’m not sure they’re the happiest about it. We’re trying to take care of it as best we can. We respect what they have here. . . . beautiful.”
It has also been difficult to keep staff. Linebackers coach Greg Lewis had been there from 2017 through the 2022 season, but the Ravens offered him a deal the Chiefs couldn’t match, and he went to Baltimore as their wide receivers coach. Brandt Tilis, a key member of the team’s front office staff, doubled his salary to go to Carolina this offseason, sources say.
“That’s what’s bothering Andy,” a source said. “You get tired. You’re fighting for nickels and dimes to keep it all together.”
Reid has not officially said that he will return in 2024, but all signs and indications are that he will. Boss sources say there have been no discussions about succession planning. One source recalled the surprise nearly two months ago throughout the organization when there was a report that Reid could retire at the end of the year.
“The thought of Andy’s retirement is often discussed internally [Nick] Saban [retiring] AND [Bill] It’s only natural to think about Belichick,” a source said. “He has not expressed this to anyone. Not on the radar.”
Reid will be 66 in March. He is the oldest coach in the league with Belichick and Pete Carroll out. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is the second-oldest coach in the league at 61 years old. Reid is one of six coaches who is at least 60 years old.
He has the second most playoff wins of all time behind only Belichick. A combined record of 283-160-1, he is fourth all-time in wins behind Don Shula, Belichick and George Halas.
He has never had a losing season with Kansas City, and he has gone to the playoffs in all but one season with the Chiefs.
In 2017 after a postseason appearance with Alex Smith as his quarterback, Reid decided to move up to No. 10 in the NFL Draft to take Patrick Mahomes. Smith would start that season and set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns, but the Chiefs moved on from Smith in the offseason to hand the team over to Mahomes.
They have advanced to the NFL postseason final four every year since.
Reid finally won the Lombardi in the 2019 season, winning Super Bowl LIV in South Florida with a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the 49ers 31-20. This cemented his place in Canton, and another Lombardi last year proved cold.
Before Reid arrived in Kansas City, the Chiefs had an 8-14 all-time playoff record. It is now 23-21.
The Hunt family founded the Chiefs in 1959, and today Clark Hunt serves as the team’s CEO. Like most family-owned NFL teams, most of Hunt’s money is tied up in the team and not liquid. One thing the NFL league office is considering is allowing institutional money to buy parts of teams to give owners like Hunt an infusion of cash when needed.
The Chiefs are valued at $4.3 billion, according to Forbes, which is more than double the 2018 estimate of $2.1 billion. But Hunt cannot understand this. However, the Chiefs would have received $610 million in national revenue in 2022, which does not account for what the organization would have brought in domestically, minus all expenses.
As many sources have pointed out, as long as Reid still wants to coach, why would he leave? Mahomes, 28, is under contract there through his age-36 season and isn’t going anywhere.
There is no lifetime contract in the NFL, and we just saw it play out in New England. But conversations should take place this offseason between Reid and the Chiefs about how long — and for how long — he wants to continue coaching.