Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie termed Andy Reid, "in every way, the epitome of what you're looking for," during a news conference to announce that Reid has agreed to a 3-year extension that will keep him with the Eagles through 2013.
Terms were not disclosed, but a league source said Reid, also the vice president of football operations, will make between $5 million and $6 million per year, making him among the three highest paid coaches in the league.
"I'm just a piece of the puzzle," Reid said. "By my waist size, I'm a big piece, but in reality, I'm just a piece of the puzzle."
Lurie said preseason discussions pointed toward Reid wanting an extension. "It was inevitable. There was no point waiting," Lurie said.
He called the extension "a great message to everyone in the organization, particularly the players."
"Our No. 1 priority by far is to win a Super Bowl," Lurie said. "One of the reasons for the contract is the obsession and prioritization of that."
Now that the three-year Andy Reid contract extension has been announced -- with a press conference pending at NovaCare at 11:30 this morning -- it will be interesting to see what happens with other organizational key figures. Many have only been signed through 2010, as Reid was before this new pact was complete.
When the Eagles added money to Donovan McNabb's deal last June without adding years, that was part of the explanation from the McNabb camp -- "Hey, Andy Reid is only signed for two more years." The implication was that perhaps ownership wasn't willing to commit to the Reid-McNabb combo past 2010, and also maybe that McNabb would not want to be here without Reid.
The Eagles' offensive and defensive coordinators, Marty Mornhinweg and Sean McDermott, and general manager Tom Heckert also are signed only through 2010. The past few offseasons, there have been hints that perhaps the Eagles felt it would be acceptable for Heckert to move on to another organization, with Joe Banner protege Howie Roseman steadily gaining stature. Roseman currently is vice president of player personnel. His contract status is not known.
In 11 seasons, Reid's teams are 105-66-1, 10-7 in the playoffs. They have earned seven playoff berths and seem to be in position to win an eighth this year. The Reid-Era Eagles have appeared in five NFC Championship Games, though they have won just one, and then lost Super Bowl XXXIX. Reid is the NFL's second longest-tenured head coach, behind Tennessee's Jeff Fisher, at 16 seasons.
The Eagles also announced that they have signed fullback Joel Gamble to the practice squad and re-signed wide receiver Jordan Norwood to the practice squad. Norwood was on the 53-man roster and made his NFL debut against Atlanta on Sunday, but was released Monday to make room for returning cornerback Joselio Hanson.
Gamble has spent time in both the Arena Football League 2 and the American Indoor Football Association, most recently playing for the AIFA's DC Armor in June 2009. A four-year letterman, Gamble was a tight end at Shippensburg and has played fullback and linebacker professionally.