Just want to note that TJ has 30 tackles over his last eight games, which obviously projects to 60 over a full season. This is after only having 5 tackles over his first seven games. The guy is clearly starting to 'get it'. Ty Warren (the guy Pioli compared TJ to on draft day) had 33 tackles in his first season, and then followed that up with years of 48, 68, 84, 53 and 41 tackles. Richard Seymour had 44 tackles in his first season, and followed that up with seasons of 56, 57, 39, 46, 40, 23 and 52. Glenn Dorsey has 50 over the season, and 34 over his last 8 (full) games played. Based on this, statistically our DEs are on par with what NE has had over this decade, at least in terms of tackles. Sacks are a different story, with both Warren and Seymore averaging 3-5 per season, neither TJ nor Dorsey has a single sack this year.
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The big difference between the two defensive lines has been the Nose. Wilfork has had seasons of 42, 54, 50, 48, 66 and 43 tackles for the Pats. Ron Edwards has 27 for the Chiefs. His career high was 39 way back in 2002 for Buffalo. Obviously, we need an upgrade here for the DL to reach it's high potential.
What does all this mean? I don't really know...I'm wondering what others think. Dorsey has been solid in his new role, but by most accounts he was going to be a sure-fire star in the NFL as a 4-3 DT. I remember Warren Sapp saying that a guy with his skills can do fine as a 3-4 DE, but the position won't allow his greatest assets to shine. Warren said he had the same experience moving to the 3-4 when he was with Oakland. Dorsey has also had knee problems, which showed up in the offseason, and again a couple of weeks ago. This is probably my biggest concern with him down the line.
With that said, what if a team like Detroit (with Gunther being there & all) was willing to offer their 2nd & 3rd round picks for Dorsey? It may be appealing to that franchise to have Suh and Dorsey anchoring their DL for years to come. It may be appealing to KC because it would give the team the 34th and 66th picks in the draft. Magee has the prototypical 3-4 DE size, so I wonder if he could step in and be just as good as Dorsey in the position...if not better down the line. Those additional picks could very well translate into two solid starters on a KC team with needs all over the place. On the other hand, Dorsey has been a pleasant surprise and it's generally not a good idea to mess with a good thing.
What do y'all think...what would be good trade value for Dorsey, or should we not even be willing to give him up?