Andy Reid stays. John Dorsey goes.
The Kansas City Chiefs are giving head coach Andy Reid an undisclosed contract extension while deciding to part ways with its general manager of four years, John Dorsey.
The news came Thursday afternoon on Chiefs.com by CEO Clark Hunt, just hours after Reid was extended.
“I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now,” Hunt said. “This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come. My family and I sincerely appreciate John’s work over the last four-and-a-half years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Dorsey was named the sixth general manager in Kansas City Chiefs history in January 2013. In 2016, Dorsey completed his 27th NFL season as a personnel member. He originally entered the NFL ranks as a linebacker with the Green Bay Packers in 1984 before joining the Packers personnel staff in 1991.
“I want to thank Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons,” Dorsey said. “I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization all the best.”
Dorsey also released a statement Thursday:
I want to thank Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons. I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization all the best.
Just prior to Dorsey's release, the Chiefs chose to extend Reid, the team's coach of five seasons.
Reid is entering his 19th season as an NFL head coach after spending the first 14 years of his career as coach of the. He currently sits 10th in all-time wins and trails only Bill Belichick in victories for active head coaches.
Reid was entering the final year of his current deal.
"My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats. We are proud to have him leading our football team, and I look forward to working with him to bring a championship to Chiefs Kingdom."