The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.
Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs’ spread game analyst and work on special projects.
He spent five years as the Minnesota Vikings head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009.
Childress previously spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he worked with Reid, the new Chiefs head coach. Childress coached the quarterbacks for the first three years and spent the final four as offensive coordinator.
The hire was announced Thursday.
JENKINS JOINS PATS
The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings last year. He joined them in 2011 after seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the first round in 2004 out of Ohio State.
Jenkins has 354 catches for 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns in 130 games, including 79 starts. The Vikings released him March 5.
The Patriots lost their top two receivers from last season when Wes Welker, who had 118 catches, signed with the Denver Broncos, and Brandon Lloyd, who had 74 receptions, was released. They’ve added free agents Danny Amendola from the St. Louis Rams and Donald Jones from the Buffalo Bills.
DAVIS STAYING IN WASHINGTON
Tight end Fred Davis re-signed with the Washington Redskins.
The team announced the deal Friday.
A person familiar with the agreement says Davis received a one-year contract after exploring options with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms of the deal.
Davis might have been one of the most coveted tight ends on the free agent market if he were healthy, but he’s recovering from a torn left Achilles suffered in a loss to the New York Giants in October.
He had 24 catches for 325 yards in seven games last year. The 2008 second-round pick has 155 receptions for 1,973 yards and 12 touchdowns in five Redskins seasons.
HUFF GOES TO RAVENS
Michael Huff doesn’t expect to fill Ed Reed’s shoes as the last line of the Baltimore Ravens defense.
He’s just honored to follow in Reed’s footsteps.
After being released by the Oakland Raiders last week as part of a salary-cap purge, Huff signed a three-year contract with the Ravens on Thursday. He’s the fourth defensive player signed by the Super Bowl champions this offseason, following Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.
“He’s going to enable us to keep doing the things that we’ve been doing on defense and even build on those things,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Huff. “He’s just a tremendous player, a tremendous guy.”
Huff is expected to replace Reed, who signed as a free agent with Houston last week after an 11-year run with Baltimore.
“Ed is one of the greatest free safeties to ever play this game, a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Huff said. “For me to come in here, it’s almost like I’m following in his footsteps.”
Huff said he and Reed exchanged text messages on Wednesday night.
“I just told him that I’ll carry on his legacy, carry on the tradition of great safeties in Baltimore,” Huff said. “I’m definitely going to go out there and hold up my end.”
The 30-year-old Huff played seven years for the Raiders, and in six of those seasons he played in all 16 games. Although he has also been used as a cornerback and free safety, Huff will almost certainly begin his career with the Super Bowl champions at free safety.
UMENYIORA SIGNS WITH FALCONS
Osi Umenyiora is looking for another ring, this time with the Atlanta Falcons.
The free-agent defensive end Thursday signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Atlanta. Umenyiora won two Super Bowl championships in his 10 years with the New York Giants. He said the Falcons may have the most talent of any team he has seen but may have needed more Super Bowl experience.
“A lot of times, being able to get to that game or win that game is not even about the coaches or the organization,” Umenyiora said. “This team is the most talented team I’ve seen in my life, probably. But it’s not going to be about coaching. It’s going to be about what the players are able to do, and you need that veteran leadership. You need guys who have been in those games and can tell you about exactly what happened.”
The Falcons made the playoffs four of the last five years, but their first-round win over Seattle this year was the team’s only postseason win in that span. Umenyiora said as soon as he reached an agreement with Atlanta on Wednesday he felt “an immediate sense of responsibility” to share his postseason experience to help the Falcons reach the Super Bowl.
“I do bring the fact that I’ve won some Super Bowls and I know exactly what it took to get there,” he said.
Umenyiora, 31, insisted “it’s not a stretch” to say the Falcons are the most talented team he has seen.
He mentioned quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, newly signed running back Steve Jackson and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones as other talented veteran leaders. He said he also was impressed the team re-signed offensive tackle Sam Baker and safety William Moore.