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Chiefs DL Mike Pennel speaks out on desire to stay with Kansas City

Mike Pennel, Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will have some decisions to make with the roster following their win in Super Bowl LIV and one of them includes defensive tackle Mike Pennel. Ahead of his impending free agency, Pennel spoke out about his desire to stay with Kansas City.

“I’d definitely like to stay here,” Pennel said Tuesday night, via the Kansas City Star. “I know this is the place where I work well with the coaches, I love the fan base, I love the city and my family stays out here.

“I know it’s a business, but I told my agents and I told everybody in the Kansas City Chiefs organization that I’d like to be back.”

Back in 2014, Pennel began his career with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State. Then, in his third season in the NFL, Pennel would be suspended for four games after violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

After his suspension ended, the Packers chose to waive the defensive lineman. The former Sun Devil would then sign with the New York Jets in hopes to remain in the NFL. Following a two-year stint in New York, Pennel found himself in free agency once again.

Last offseason, Pennel signed a one-year, $805,000 deal to join the Chiefs. In his lone season with the team, he recorded 24 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack.

Besides Pennel, the Chiefs also have Chris Jones and Emmanuel Ogbah as impending free agents once the new league year begins in March. Depending on what the team chooses to do with Jones and Ogbah, Pennel seems intent on returning in 2020.