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Now official: Chiefs bring back Chad Henne on two-year deal

Henne was injured prior to the 2019 season but appears to have re-claimed his backup job for 2020.

Los Angeles Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

UPDATE: March 19, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time

The Kansas City Chiefs have made Chad Henne’s return official with a photo on their official Twitter account.


Report: Chiefs to bring back Chad Henne on two-year deal

(Originally posted: March 16, 2020)

Veteran quarterback Chad Henne is coming back to the Kansas City Chiefs on a two-year deal, as first reported by friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

Henne, 34, signed with the Chiefs ahead of the 2018 season to serve as a backup and mentor to then first-year starter Patrick Mahomes. Henne was set to once again back Mahomes up last season before injuring his ankle in August.

The Chiefs placed Henne on injured reserve after he made the initial 53-man roster. With Henne sidelined, Kansas City turned to Matt Moore, who came out of retirement to join the Chiefs when Mahomes was out with a dislocated kneecap.

Moore saw action in four games and had two starts, throwing for 659 yards and four touchdowns, securing the win Week 7 against the Denver Broncos when Mahomes left early and beating the Minnesota Vikings 26-23 Week 9. Henne returned to practice in mid-October but Moore remained the backup as the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV.

Henne and Moore were both due to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins on Wednesday.

“We’ve been blessed and fortunate to have two veteran guys that just did a tremendous job,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Chad got hurt. And Matt came out of retirement and played really good football for us in that Minnesota game that we won in the middle of the season. It was a big deal. We actually have two meetings scheduled with both their representatives this week... We’ll see how that goes, but I anticipate one of those guys being back, and we’ll have to work through the dialogue with both their agents and see what makes sense for them and us.”

Henne it is.