[ESPN.com] Negotiations aimed at completing a draft choice compensation package that would allow New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards to move to the Kansas City Chiefs in the same capacity lurched forward on Thursday evening.
But only after a long day of inertia, confusion and acrimony.
ESPN.com has learned that the Jets, who clearly no longer want Edwards to remain as coach, at one point Thursday imposed a 6 p.m. deadline for completing the compensation agreement with Kansas City officials. The Jets were prepared, if the deadline passed, to announce that Edwards had requested to be released from his contract. But just before the deadline, discussions resumed with the Chiefs, and the two franchises were again trying to find a middle ground on compensation.
Meanwhile, sources close to Edwards told ESPN.com that the coach had not requested to be released from his contract, which runs through the 2007 season.
“Herm Edwards is not resigning,” agent Gary O’Hagan told ESPN.com, emphatically, on Thursday evening. “He plans to work out the final two years of his contract.”
Beyond that, O’Hagan declined comment other than to reiterate he has been involved in no discussions with Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson. His only dialogue, O’Hagan said, has been with his client and with Jets officials. O’Hagan said that reports Edwards was “out” as the Jets coach were not true.