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Chiefs and Cardinals swap players in trade

5/2/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Kansas City Chiefs traded fourth-year cornerback Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for third-year fullback Anthony Sherman on Wednesday.
 
Neither player was expected to make the final roster. The two sides were probably hoping that a change of scenery will provide both players with enough motivation to improve their game in the 2013 season.
 
A fifth-round pick out of Central Connecticut State in the 2011 draft, Anthony Sherman was not expected to fit into first-year Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians’ offense. He prefers to use tight ends in the blocking role which is otherwise traditionally occupied by fullbacks; hence Anthony Sherman became expendable to the team.
 
Last year, Anthony Sherman gained three yards on just one carry, and didn’t record any carries in his first season with the Arizona Cardinals. Anthony Sherman has started a grand total of 11 games (while appearing in 28 games) for the Arizona Cardinals and recorded 13 receptions for 11 yards over the past two seasons.
 
The 24-year-old Anthony Sherman mainly served as a blocker out of the backfield and was also considered a key special teams player by the Arizona Cardinals’ previous coaches.
 
The Alabama product Javier Arenas also spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs, who selected him in the second-round of the 2010 NFL draft. The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Javier Arenas has appeared in 47 games for the Kansas City Chiefs primarily playing as a defensive end, but at times also serving as a punt and kick returner.
 
In 2011, Javier Arenas averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, a number that ranked him first in the AFC and third in the NFL. Last season, Javier Arenas finished third on the team with eight passes defended. The 25-year-old Javier Arenas has also produced four tacks, while picking off four passes and tallying 136 tackles during his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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