Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chiefs Give Vermeil $10 Million Contract

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chiefs Give Vermeil $10 Million Contract

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dick Vermeil, who emerged from retirement to coach the struggling St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl championship, is starting over again -- this time in Kansas City.

Vermeil was hired as head coach of the Chiefs yesterday by team president and general manager Carl Peterson, who enticed his old friend out of a second retirement with a three-year deal worth a reported $10 million.

Addressing reporters at Arrowhead Stadium, Vermeil said the biggest reason he came back was because of his friendship with Peterson, and "also realizing what I am as a coach. That's what I am."

Vermeil's hiring is a coup for Peterson, who has always wanted his friend to coach the Chiefs. Now, with one of the NFL's richest coaching contracts and the blessing of NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, he's got his wish.

"I think he is the premier head football coach in the National Football League," Peterson said, repeating a statement he made two days earlier. …

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