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Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he remains happy with team’s power structure

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (left) and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke during the first day of Chiefs rookie minicamp at the Arrowhead practice facility on May 24, 2014.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid (left) and Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke during the first day of Chiefs rookie minicamp at the Arrowhead practice facility on May 24, 2014. The Kansas City Star

With two full seasons as the Chiefs’ coach under his belt, it looks like Andy Reid isn’t having any problems staying in his lane.

Reid, who once had full personnel power in Philadelphia, was asked during the NFL Combine why he’s comfortable working with a strong general manager in John Dorsey.

“Well first of all, I’ve got full trust in John,” Reid said. “Not like I didn’t with the other guys (in Philadelphia), I was just put in that position. But with this I have full trust in John and I’ve been with him a long time, known him for a long time.

“Been there, done that with the other part of it. Enjoyed it for that period of time. Great to have a change, great to get back in the coaching part of it. Which I desired with this move to do, to come back in and get back to coaching offensive football.”

Under Reid, the Chiefs have gone a combined 20-12 the last two seasons.

More cap room possible

One way the Chiefs could create more cap room this offseason is by converting quarterback Alex Smith’s 2015 base salary of $10.9 million into a signing bonus. That would free up nearly $8.2 million in cap space, which could be valuable for a team that could need to create additional $7 to $8 million in cap room to accommodate a franchise tag of $13 million for Justin Houston.

But while the deadline to make a franchise tag decision on Houston is March 2, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey declined to elaborate when asked if the Chiefs have or will plan to convert Smith’s salary to a bonus.

“Those are mechanisms that can be explored,” Dorsey said, simply.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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