McDaniels rejects deal with Colts to stay with Patriots

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) confers with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says he’s become a much better person and coach for having had a second stint with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Not so fast.

While the Indianapolis Colts announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that they hired offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their head coach, the team later said he turned down the deal.

"After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team," the Colts noted in a press release. "Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field."

The team also said a press conference with McDaniels scheduled for Wednesday will no longer take place.

ESPN first broke the news, noting that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots.

"In the past 48 hours, Patriots owner Robert Kraft began talking with McDaniels and ultimately wound up sweetening his contract, helping to entice him to remain in New England rather than leave for Indianapolis, which announced it would be holding a news conference Wednesday to introduce its new head coach," according to ESPN, adding that the decision wasn't about money.

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