Sources: Chiefs likely to hire Crennel

Updated: January 3, 2010, 5:57 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Romeo Crennel is expected to return to coaching in the NFL by joining the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs next season, according to to multiple league sources.

Kansas City wanted to hire the former Cleveland Browns head coach as its defensive coordinator last offseason, but his hip surgery made it too challenging a prospect.

Hiring Crennel would be one of the first steps it would take in its defensive makeover. Clancy Pendergast is the current defensive coordinator for the Chiefs.

Kansas City waited throughout last offseason to hire Crennel and now is expected to be waiting for him once again.

Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli worked with Crennel in New England.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.