Chiefs re-sign Anthony Sherman, Mike Pennel to 1-year deals

The Kansas City Chiefs have come to terms on one-year agreements with both Anthony Sherman and Mike Pennel for the 2020 season.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that two veteran players from the Super Bowl-winning roster in 2019 will be returning to make another run at it in 2020 with the re-signing of fullback Anthony Sherman and defensive lineman Mike Pennel.

The Chiefs haven’t made many moves at all in free agency as they are very limited by the salary cap at present, but they’ve brought back a handful of players in an attempt to keep the band together.

Sherman remains one of the most underrated finds on the team after coming over in a deal back in 2013 in a straight player-for-player trade for returner Javier Arenas. This will be Sherman’s eighth season with the team, and he’s never missed a single game in that entire span to illness or injury. “Sausage,” as he’s known, is a fan favorite and strong personality who remains important on special teams and various offensive packages.

As for Pennel, the same term underrated find goes here, except general manager Brett Veach just found him last season. The Chiefs’ run defense remained problematic after the first few weeks of the 2019 season and the defense had yet to coalesce into any championship form under new leadership with new faces all around. Pennel’s arrival as a midseason signing helped the Chiefs turn the corner as a total unit which improved considerably against the run with him in the middle.

NFL reporter Tom Pelissero says that Pennel had other choices available to him, but he wanted to return to K.C. One of those teams was likely the Dallas Cowboys given their rumored interest in him.

Pennel had 24 total tackles, including 2 quarterback hits, and 1 sack for the Chiefs in eight games as a rotational tackle.

The Chiefs have also re-signed quarterback Chad Henne, exercised options on Damien Wilson and Damien Williams, and brought back Andrew Wylie and Deon Yelder as restricted free agents.