CB Javier Arenas
When news broke on Wednesday that the Kansas City Chiefs had acquired Arizona Cardinals Fullback, Anthony Sherman, we assumed it would be for a future draft pick. But instead, the team sent their prized 2010 draft pick that was part of the Tony Gonzalez trade.
Shortly after Scott Pioli began his reign as KC’s General Manager, it was clear his ‘Patriot Way’ wasn’t going to clash with some of the Chiefs veteran players. Thus one by one, those outspoken about KC’s new man in power, eventually were shown the door.
Players such as Bernard Pollard, Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez all challenged his leadership and the choice of his first head coach. So in gaining nothing from the first two exits, he traded Gonzalez for a second round draft pick that on Wednesday, was eventually shipped for the aforementioned, Anthony Sherman.
When Cornerback, Javier Arenas, the man traded to the Cardinals, came to the Chiefs from Alabama; he was a blitzing, nickel defensive back that could rush the passer. As a bonus, and the reason Pioli drafted him with the Gonzalez pick, he was also a stellar return man.
Though, he had flashes of competence in Kansas City, Arenas never showed the all around ability to play a either high level of cornerback or a bring it to the house return man.
As has been the case with most of Pioli draft picks, outside of a few players, they’ve generally been busts or under achievers. And Arenas certainly fit that bill in Kansas City.
It’s not like he wasn’t a good athlete nor had good coaching. But for a player who was such an intricate part of the Crimson Tide defense, he flat out never adjusted to the speed of the NFL game as back-up or fill in starter.
So out with the old and in with the new.
The addition of Sherman is a bit puzzling only for the fact the Chiefs drafted Kansas State Fullback, Braden Wilson, in the sixth round. To me, the Wildcat was a lock to be a starter for the Chiefs in 2013. But that’s not the case anymore with the addition of Sherman.
Sherman is a hard-nosed thumper that wasn’t going to see the field in Arizona. In Kansas City under their new offensive schemes, they intend to re-introduce the fullback position.
So that posses this question. Will the Chiefs carry both Sherman and Wilson on their 53-man roster? It’s very possible.
I think the Chiefs are going to carry just three running backs on their final roster, All Pro, Jamaal Charles, Cyrus Gray, and 2013 third round draft pick, Knile Davis.
Wilson wasn’t drafted to lay claim to a practice squad assignment in September. Nor did the Chiefs give up a somewhat valuable back-up cornerback for a fullback; they didn’t feel had the right stuff to be part of the team on opening day.
Those thoughts aside, you have to like this move.
The Chiefs jettisoned a player that never fit into their system, removed another Pioli reminder, and added a fullback that can handle himself in the red zone both blocking and carrying the rock.
So right now the Chiefs are blessed with two equally skilled fullbacks once again putting the word depth back into their vocabulary at a position that just a few days earlier, they didn’t have a potential starter on their roster.
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