Kansas City Chiefs: Five free agent targets for the offense

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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 31: Fullback Anthony Sherman
DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 31: Fullback Anthony Sherman /

1. Re-Sign Fullback Anthony Sherman

I know, this isn’t a move that is going to get a lot of people very excited. Fullbacks are becoming less and less popular in today’s NFL. Sherman himself has seen his use drop over Andy Reid’s tenure in Kansas City. However, I’m not ready to go without just yet.

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While I’m super excited about Patrick Mahomes and think he’ll have an excellent first year as a starter, I still believe it will be vital to give him a balanced offense and that means running the football. While Kareem Hunt certainly proved he can create his own yards, there are still times where you want to give him a lead blocker. Plus, I’m counting on the return of Spencer Ware giving the run game a little boost as well. Ware is a great between-the-tackles runner. Having Sherman on the roster would give the Chiefs the option of running some smash mouth plays late in the game with Ware and Sherman if they are protecting a lead—especially if they don’t want to put a bunch of wear and tear on Hunt.

Plus, with Alex Smith gone the Chiefs have a little less veteran leadership on the offensive side of the ball. Retaining Sherman would give the offense one more returning veteran to help make sure things transition smoothly for Mahomes. Not to mention that with Andy Reid’s notoriously huge playbook. it means that you have another guy out there that already has the playbook mastered.

Now, I’m not willing to break the bank for Sherman, or any fullback for that matter. So if Sherman is looking for some huge payday then the Chiefs will have to pass. However, given the NFL’s shift away from the fullback position I just don’t see there being a huge market for Sherman. Therefore, I think it is reasonable to believe that the Chiefs could sign Sherman for less than the $1.75 million that he made last year. If that’s the case, then I think this is a no-brainer.