Burkholder Visiting Andy in KC

Andy Reid hugs Rick Burkholder after the win Sunday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

There has been considerable speculation that Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder could be joining Andy Reid in Kansas City. That speculation grew stronger Wednesday when Burkholder tweeted that he was going to visit Reid.

An Eagles spokesman said: "He's under contract. We're honoring the contract, but allowing him to seek an opportunity with Andy Reid in Kansas City if that is what's in Rick's best interest."

Burkholder, 48, was hired in February 1999, right after Reid arrived. Burkholder, who hails from Carlisle, Pa., came from the Steelers, where he had been the assistant athletic trainer. In 2010, Burkholder and his staff were recognized by their peers as the top training staff in the NFL. Burkholder has been prominent in the media during the injury rehabs of stars such as Terrell Owens, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick.

This past season, as concussion problems enveloped Vick and LeSean McCoy, Burkholder gave weekly Friday updates on their conditions to reporters.