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Originally published Friday, January 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

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Kelly, Browns near deal

Chip Kelly is close to taking his fast-paced offense to the NFL. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that...

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CLEVELAND — Chip Kelly is close to taking his fast-paced offense to the NFL.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon's offensive mastermind to be their next coach. NFL.com had a similar report.

The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and the Ducks coach also met with the Buffalo Bills in Arizona. Kelly has a scheduled interview with Philadelphia on Saturday. However, a person familiar with the interview said the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.

Philadelphia received permission to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported late Friday night that the Browns and Kelly met for seven hours. He said Kelly still intends to meet with other teams. The Browns are "favored," Mortensen reported.

After Oregon's win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night, the 49-year-old Kelly said he wanted to get the interview process over quickly.

He turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year to return for his fourth season at Oregon, where he is 46-7. He has boosted the school's national profile with a high-powered offense capable of turning any game into a track meet.

"It's more a fact-finding mission, finding out if it fits or doesn't fit," Kelly said after the Fiesta Bowl. "I've been in one interview in my life for the National Football League, and that was a year ago. I don't really have any preconceived notions about it."

Reid signs

with Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid signed a five-year deal Friday to coach the Kansas City Chiefs. His introductory news conference is set for Monday.

Reid's agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.

It's expected that Reid will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert — or perhaps both of them — to work with him in the front office.

Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he'll also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl this season, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.

"Overall the job is still attractive," Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said earlier this week. "The franchise remains very well respected."

Nine hours of negotiations Wednesday went well enough that Reid called off interviews in Arizona and San Diego. When news broke that Pioli was out, Reid's agreement quickly followed.

Washington activates Griffin

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington restored cornerback Cedric Griffin to the 53-man roster in time for the playoffs after his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin will be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Griffin's suspension ended Monday, and the coaching staff gauged his fitness in practice during the week. He was a regular in nickel packages and had 33 tackles and a forced fumble before his suspension.

Cornerback D.J. Johnson, who sprained his left knee in last week's win over Dallas, was put on injured reserve to make room for Griffin.

Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger was again unable to practice on his sprained left ankle. Third-round pick Josh LeRibeus will start if Lichtensteiger can't.

Notes

• New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was photographed poolside at a resort hotel in the Bahamas with an interesting tattoo gracing his right biceps. It showed his wife, Michelle, wearing a green Jets jersey emblazoned with the No. 6 of embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez.

• The Minnesota Vikings listed quarterback Christian Ponder (elbow) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (hand) as questionable for their playoff game Saturday against Green Bay. Coach Leslie Frazier said he expects Ponder to be able to play.

• Indianapolis Colts left guard Joe Reitz will not play in Sunday's playoff game at Baltimore because of a concussion. He will likely be replaced by Jeff Linkenbach.

• The Houston Texans placed linebacker Tim Dobbins (ankle) on injured reserve and signed rookie linebacker Cameron Collins from the practice squad.

Good run
How the Ducks football team has fared under Chip Kelly:
Number Category
4 BCS bowl appearances
46-7 Overall record
33-3 Conference record
44.7 Average points per game

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