The Chiefs will have their head coach around for at least one more season, but they do need to find a new backup quarterback. Chad Henne announced (via Instagram) in the aftermath of Kansas City’s Super Bowl victory that he is retiring.
The 37-year-old spent the first nine years of his career in Florida. A second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2008, he started 31 of his 36 appearances in Miami before being replaced by Ryan Tannehill. That led Henne to Jacksonville, where he held the starting role for a pair of seasons prior to the arrival of Blake Bortles. Overall, he finished his career with an 18-36 record as a starter.
For the past four seasons, Henne backed up Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. He made just one start over that stretch, and 11 total appearances. His limited action with the Chiefs was enough to earn him a new one-year, $2MM deal this past offseason. Rather than attempting to land a new contract in Kansas City or elsewhere, the Michigan product will hang up his cleats with a pair of Super Bowl rings.
Henne was called into action during the Chiefs’ divisional round game against the Jaguars this postseason, after Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain. That injury was a key talking point throughout the remainder of the team’s playoff run, and forced Henne to briefly come into the game. It seemed as though that scenario could be repeated again last night, after Mahomes re-injured his ankle at the end of the first half. Instead, Henne remained on the sidelines for the Chiefs’ comeback victory.
Henne ends his career with modest totals from a statistical standpoint (13,290 passing yards, 60 touchdowns, 63 interceptions) but his Chiefs tenure allowed him to take part in a pair of championship runs. His total earnings add up to nearly $40MM after 13 years in the NFL. Kansas City has former UDFA Shane Buechele and 2022 seventh-rounder Chris Oladokun available as in-house replacement options.