Wise move by Chiefs to retain fullback Anthony Sherman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs are unusual in the modern NFL when it comes to their attitude about their fullback. They utilize one more than most teams, and when they get one they like, they try to hang on to him.

That’s why the Chiefs extended the contract of fullback Anthony Sherman Wednesday. Sherman, who was acquired for cornerback Javier Arenas in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last year, had been in the final year of his deal.

“There aren’t a lot of them out there right now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, referring to fullbacks. “In college football, not a lot of teams use fullbacks."

The Chiefs do, more than the average NFL team. They’ll give the ball to Sherman on occasion. He scored a touchdown on an 11-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith in last month’s three-point win over the Chargers in San Diego. He is also one of the Chiefs’ better special-teams players.

Mostly, he’s a blocker, which he does well enough that Sherman has been the top-rated fullback by Pro Football Focus this season and last.

“We isolate him a lot on blocks and he wins for us consistently," Smith said.

It made sense for the Chiefs to continue to whittle away at their list of potential free agents. They signed Smith, who was in the final year of his contract, to an extension shortly before the start of the regular season.

“I definitely wanted to stay here," Sherman said. “I want to be a part of this team. We’re going to do some good things. I want to stay in Kansas City. It’s definitely good to get out of the way."