Though he ultimately said the decision is up to the new coaching staff, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said a pair of first round picks, Tamba Hali and Glenn Dorsey, will have a role to play with the 2009 Chiefs.
Hunt's words, courtesy of Adam Teicher at the Red Zone:
"I believe they’re both fine players and will have a role," Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. "But that’s probably putting the cart before the horse. That’s a decision for Todd (Haley) and the coaching staff to make and not one for me to make."
Hali was the 20th overall selection in the 2006 draft and Dorsey was the 5th overall selection in the 2008 draft.
It would be a shame if the Chiefs couldn't find roles for two (TWO!) first round picks in the last three years. The Chiefs investment in Dorsey is much, much larger than Hali's.
A lot of folks, including Pro Football Weekly, say Dorsey and Hali would become "obsolete" in a 3-4 defense.
Dorsey is not expendable. He's not going anywhere for a minimum of two more years. For a defensive lineman his cap hit is affordable and certainly worth the risk. He has base salaries of $385,000 in 2009 and $983,000 in 2010, combined with $22.5 million guaranteed pro-rated over five years.
Hali, who has base salaries of $940,000 in 2009 and $1.31 million in 2010, may be intriguing to other teams if they can't find a fit for him. Though Hunt says it would be "naïve to think that certain players just won’t fit here anymore", the Chiefs would be wise to shop a 6'2", 265 pound defensive end that seemingly doesn't have the speed to be a 3-4 rush linebacker.