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With Chiefs Reportedly Interested, Romeo Crennel is Building Leverage

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On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Kansas City Chiefs are "expected" to hire former Patriots coordinator and Browns head coach Romeo Crennel to their defensive coaching staff. This of course led many of us to believe that current Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast would be shown his walking papers.

As we learned today, that may not be the case.

If the Chiefs are truly interested in Crennel, then he's building some leverage and he's using the Giants to do it.

Crennel's agent told Mike Garafalo of the Newark Star-Ledger that his client would be interested in joining the Giants staff with defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan being released this week.

The question becomes, are the Giants interested? Garafalo isn't sure on that at this point and even points out a few concerns over a potential hire.

However, it is becoming clear that the Chiefs won't be the only team in the running for Crennel's services. And it's also becoming clear that if they did want to hire him, the price is starting to rise.

Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has a relationship with Crennel - both were assistant with the Jets - and has even said he's spoken with him several times this season - just not about becoming the Chiefs defensive coordinator.

The news that Crennel-to-the-Chiefs isn't an all-but-done-deal like some of us thought might have something to do with Pendergast still being a Chiefs employee. The Chiefs don't seem like the type of team that would make a move, personnel or coaching, without someone already in line.

We'll see on this Crennel business. Whenever an agent publicly points out all the options a client has, there are usually other motives (and they're usually money related).