The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced that they’ve promoted Brett Veach to general manager on Monday.
“After a comprehensive search process, I am pleased to announce that we have hired Brett Veach to serve as the next General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Brett has a sharp football mind, a tremendous work ethic and a keen eye for finding talent. Over the last four seasons he’s played a critical role in building our football team. I look forward to working with him to continue to build on the strong foundation we have in place.”
“My family and I would like to extend our gratitude to Clark and the Hunt family for this incredible opportunity,” Veach said. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the last four seasons I’ve had the privilege to work alongside Andy Reid, John Dorsey and a great group of coaches and personnel staff. Together, we built a strong foundation of players that have helped us sustain success on the field. I’m looking forward to continuing our progress as we head into 2017.”
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Chiefs are finalizing a deal for Brett Veach to be their new GM.
According to Rapoport, Chiefs HC Andy Reid “loves” Veach, who has been a rising star in player personnel.
All indications have been that Veach was likely to be promoted to GM and replace John Dorsey, who was fired a month ago. Veach had already been running the show last week, according to Terez A. Paylor, and the team was expected to have a decision before the start of training camp, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
The Chiefs interviewed a few external candidates for the position includingdirector of player personnel Ryan Cowden and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer. Other reported candidates for the job included Mike Borgonzi and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.
Veach, 39, began working in the NFL when he interned for the Eagles while Reid was still the team’s head coach. After Reid was fired in Philadelphia, he brought Veach with him to the Chiefs where he served as their pro and college personnel analyst before being promoted to co-director of player personnel in May of 2015.
The Bills actually showed interest in Veach shortly after they moved on from Doug Whaley, but they elected to go in a different direction.