Andy Reid wants to reunite with Tom Heckert

By Gregg Rosenthal
Published: Jan. 3, 2013 at 01:17 p.m.

If Andy Reid winds up in Kansas City, he's planning to bring friends with him.

Reid plans to bring former Browns GM Tom Heckert with him if he accepts the Chiefs job. Heckert's involvement is not a deal breaker.

Still, we can't imagine that Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt would insist on Reid working with current GM Scott Pioli. The arrival of Reid and likely Heckert would almost certainly mean mean the end of Pioli's tenure in Kansas City. Even if Heckert wasn't involved, we had a hard time imagining Reid and Pioli working together. They come from very different backgrounds and Pioli's current contract reportedly calls for final say on the roster. That doesn't fit with Reid.

Heckert was last with the Browns, but Reid and Heckert previously worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles. A report surfaced on Thursday that Reid was close to a deal with the Chiefs, but Rapoport and's Steve Wyche and Albert Breer report that Reid still plans to interview with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday and the San Diego Chargers over the weekend.

The Chiefs' situation, of course, remains fluid. But it's hard to imagine Pioli sticking around at this point.