KC Chiefs: Chad Henne’s stock rose with gutsy scramble in divisional round

Quarterback Chad Henne #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Quarterback Chad Henne #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs narrowly beat the Browns and Chad Henne was a big reason as to why. 

It looked bleak for the Kansas City Chiefs when they were faced with a 3rd and long with two minutes remaining in the game and only up by five over the resilient Cleveland Browns. With the odds stacked against him, backup quarterback Chad Henne took off and ran with the football, falling just short of the first down marker.

Andy Reid opted to go for it and after a quick pass from Henne to Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs were off to their third straight AFC title game as a result. While these two plays from Henne were clutch, they did more than just propel the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game.

What these two plays did was help ensure that Henne would get some attention on the free-agent market this offseason. Henne isn’t going to be a starter and everyone knows that at this point of his career. Henne could provide a team with a sturdy backup option, however, and we all know how important a solid backup quarterback is.

Chad Henne is going to draw attention in free agency and likely won’t be back with the KC Chiefs in 2021. 

John McCarty of KC Kingdom wrote an article about potential quarterback prospects the Chiefs could target in the 2021 NFL Draft as backups. This will be the route the Chiefs will need to go in now, as Patrick Mahomes is no longer on a rookie contract and thus, KC can’t afford to shell out a boatload of cash to two quarterbacks.

Henne hadn’t thrown a meaningful pass since 2014 yet he stepped into the AFC Divisional Round game against the Browns with everything on the line. He wasn’t great and the interception seemed costly, but when push came to shove, Henne made plays when he had to and got the job done.

If Henne is forced to start the AFC Championship Game vs the Bills, then it’ll be another opportunity for him to show NFL teams that he’s a solid option to bring in as a backup quarterback. Teams in need of a backup quarterback this offseason will strongly consider Henne as an option because of what he did in crunch time for the Chiefs.

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Henne not only helped the Chiefs with that incredible run on Sunday, but he helped himself as well. This could lead to a future contract with a team and if so, Chad Henne most definitely deserves it.