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Report: Crennel In, Pendergast Out With the Chiefs

Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network is confirming the various reports out there that Romeo Crennel has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs.

LaCanfora also reports that Clancy Pendergast is on his way out.

The Chiefs are in the process of firing current defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, according to a source, and Crennel will join the team following the Super Bowl, when he is free from existing commitments with the Cleveland Browns.

Update 9:21 AM: Nick Wright of 610 Sports (via PFT) reports Pendergast is NOT expected to be fired. Wright also reports an announcement is expected on Friday.

Update 10:10 AM: Adam Schefter of ESPN is now reporting Pendergast will be released.

Interesting nuggets here.  ESPN's Adam Schefter is also reporting Crennel won't begin with the Chiefs until "prior commitments" are taken care of, namely the East-West college football all-star game on January 23rd.

It was believed by many that Pendergast would be sticking around in another role should Crennel come on board. And it's also a little surprising, if this report turns out to be accurate, that Haley would leave Pendergast hanging like this (especially with his recent talk of being "fiercely loyal").

Also, note that the "official" hire date for Crennel, according to LaCanfora, wouldn't be until after the Super Bowl on February 7th. Many contracts run through the end of the Super Bowl.

LaCanfora also reports the Chiefs will be retaining linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, a Haley hire last offseason.

LaCanfora also reported last week that Tim Krumrie's contract would not be renewed with the Chiefs so he's been on the Chiefs coaching beat.

(H/T IISaintII in the comments)

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