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Herm's Departure Official

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets Insider.com
January 6th, 2006
Herm Edwards is on the verge of returning to his original coaching roots in Kansas City.
Herm Edwards is on the verge of returning to his original coaching roots in Kansas City.
Itís official. Herm Edwards is leaving the Jets and is going to Kansas City to become their new Head Coach, replacing Dick Vermeil. Several sources are confirming that the Jets have agreed to release Edwards from the last two years of his contract for a 4th round draft pick from the Chiefs this April.

The news ends one of the most tumultuous weeks in Jets history. With the retirement of Vermeil, Edwards was coveted by Kansas City, the place where he began his coaching career and now itís clear that Jets owner Woody Johnson was not exactly enamored with Edwards as his coach for the long term. After leading the Jets to the playoffs three of his five years, Edwards was looking for a contract extension and raise. The Jets obviously were not interested in facilitating him. Edwards and his agent are now reportedly working on a long term contract with the Chiefs to complete the deal.

The Jets will now have to aggressively search for a replacement for Edwards and while there has been talk of possibly elevating offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger or defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, sources close to the team have told Jets Insider.com that they will first look outside the organization for a replacement. Although most of Edwardsí assistants are locked up for multiple years under contract, itís unclear of their future until a new head coach is named.

Check back to Jets Insider.com often for more information on this breaking story.

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