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Anthony Sherman traded to Chiefs for Javier Arenas

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to retool on offense under coach Andy Reid.

The Chiefs traded cornerback Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for fullback Anthony Sherman, sources told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. The teams later confirmed the trade.

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Arenas' agent, Hadley Engelhard, told Rapoport that he's pleased with the deal: "This is a trade where, based on Kansas City's acquisitions at the cornerback position, we were actively pursuing. With the trade made, we're happy it's to the Arizona Cardinals."

It's a swap that makes sense for both teams. New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has little need for a fullback in his pass-centric attack, but Reid will find use for Sherman in his West Coast offense.

The 2011 fifth-round pick figures as a lead blocker for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, but that's a skill set still in progress for Sherman. ProFootballFocus graded Sherman 19th out of 25 fullbacks as a road grader in 2012.

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Sherman barely is a presence as a runner or pass catcher, with just three career yards on the ground and 13 receptions for 111 yards over two seasons. He joins a roster already crowded with three other fullbacks -- Patrick DiMarco, Ryan D'Imperio and Braden Wilson -- on the depth chart.

Rapoport noted that Chiefs general manager John Dorsey prefers taller corners, meaning Arenas -- at just 5-foot-9 -- was not a fit. Arenas figures in the slot, but he's unlikely to use his return skills with Patrick Peterson and rookie Tyrann Mathieu in-house.

Arenas is entering the final year of his contract, but no extension is included as part of the trade, Rapoport said.

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