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Source: Reid, Chiefs Wrapping Up Coaching Deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now.

The two sides spent much of Thursday in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs' coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the situation.

The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings, the person told the AP. It was unclear which details were preventing the two sides from reaching an agreement.

The Philadelphia Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons on Monday, the same day the Chiefs parted ways with coach Romeo Crennel after the worst season in franchise history.

The search for Crennel's replacement has been led by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, who intends to take on more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the franchise. Also on hand was team president Mark Donovan, who has a connection to Reid after spending six seasons as the Eagles' senior vice president of business operations.

Reid had been linked to the opening in Arizona before the Chiefs put on the press.

The Cardinals now intend to interview former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, a person familiar with their plans told the AP. Haley led the Chiefs to the AFC West title in 2010, but was fired in December 2011 and spent this past season as the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.

Hunt told the AP in an interview Monday that he would have final say on the next Chiefs coach, rather than embattled general manager Scott Pioli. Hunt has not said whether Pioli will be back next season, but indicated that his future could be determined by the next coach.

Various reports have indicated that Reid would be open to working with Pioli, while other reports have said he would prefer to build his own front office. If Pioli is not retained, the top candidates to replace him include former Browns GM Tom Heckert and John Dorsey, who has been integral in building the Green Bay Packers into a perennial contender.

The opening in Kansas City is attractive on several levels: The Chiefs had five Pro Bowl players and two others chosen as alternates, despite their 2-14 record, and they have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history.

That selection could help the Chiefs fill a gaping void at quarterback.

Matt Cassel was benched midway through the season and Brady Quinn, who was playing on a one-year deal, struggled as his replacement. Reid has had success at developing quarterbacks in the past, working with Donovan McNabb -- whom he helped draft with the No. 2 pick -- during his time in Philadelphia and Brett Favre earlier in his career in Green Bay.

"What I am confident in is we'll have dramatically better play from the quarterback position in 2013," Hunt said. "I don't know whether it'll be the ultimate, long-term solution or not. We'll just have to see how it plays out."

MANNING: Peyton Manning tied yet another NFL record Thursday, this one held by Tom Brady, when he won his sixth career Offensive Player of the Month award.

Manning joined Kurt Warner (2001) as the only players with 10 TDs, 1,300 yards, a 70 percent completion percentage and five wins in December as the Broncos (13-3) captured the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

He did it while wearing a glove on his throwing hand for the first time in his career, testing it in home games against the Browns and Chiefs in preparation for cold weather in January.

Manning said he's been "OK the past two weeks," but he's been more than that: his completion percentage was 5.8 points higher and his QB rating was 19.2 points better with the glove.

SEAHAWKS: Brandon Browner says he didn't mind being forced to sit out the final four games of the regular season due to suspension because it was fun watching his Seattle Seahawks continue to roll toward the postseason.

Browner spoke for the first time Thursday since dropping his appeal on Dec. 5 of a four-game suspension for using a banned substance. The starting cornerback is expected to play Sunday in the Seahawks' playoff opener at Washington, although coach Pete Carroll said he was not sure if Browner would start.

Browner originally began the process of appealing his suspension, but dropped it the week after Seattle's 23-17 overtime win at Chicago in Week 13.

BILLS: Bills defensive end Shawne Merriman is showing off his tattoos as a model for PETA to encourage people not to wear natural fur coats.

The animal rights group is unveiling an ad campaign Thursday featuring a photo of a bare-chested Merriman under the title: "Ink, Not Mink." The ad features the line: "Be Comfortable in Your Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs."

Merriman is noted for his numerous tattoos, including one on his chest with the words "Heart of Gold" prominently featured in the photo.

PETA has used other athletes in its campaigns, including current and former NFLers Willis McGahee, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Strahan.

Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, spent parts of the past three seasons with Buffalo.

TOP TV RATINGS: The Redskins-Cowboys game was the highest-rated "Sunday Night Football" game since NBC picked up the package in 2006.

Washington won the regular-season finale 28-18 to clinch the NFC East and eliminate archrival Dallas from playoff contention. The network said Thursday that the game received a 17 rating and 27 share. The 30.3 million viewers were up 10 percent from the previous record for last year's Cowboys-Giants game in the same slot with the same stakes, which wasn't as close.

Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of those with TVs in use at the time.

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