Shows what we know.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Dorsey and the Chiefs are "still working hard" to get a deal done and that they are "making progress" on a new contract for the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and "it would not be surprising" if a deal got done. It was hinted at late last week that the Chiefs "hoped" to bring Dorsey back but we didn't know where they stood as far as actually getting that done.
The defensive line position is in an interesting one for the Chiefs considering all the high picks there. Dorsey was the fifth overall pick in 2008, Tyson Jackson was the third overall pick in 2009 and Dontari Poe was the 11th overall pick in 2012. Despite all those high picks, the Chiefs were facing a position this offseason where they could've lost both Jackson and Dorsey. But Jackson restructured his deal, taking a pay cut so that he can stay in town. It's unclear what kind of contract Dorsey is looking at. I really don't have a good feel for the type of numbers he could reasonably command.
I would be happy that both would return this year because I think it's hard to replace two starters along the line in one season and this fills a need, leaving the Chiefs with options with the No. 1 overall pick. History says Andy Reid will take a long look at defensive linemen for that top pick; it's unclear how bringing both Jackson and Dorsey back would affect his view.
Dorsey has been with the Chiefs for five seasons. He was drafted as the next great defensive lineman but in his second year the Chiefs switched to a 3-4 defense, and his impact seemed to be neutered. He's a good player, don't get me wrong. He's just not the type of penetrating defensive tackle we all thought he would be. He's a solid player at defensive end in the Chiefs 3-4, but leaves something to be desired in pressuring the passer (yes, I know the Chiefs used to tell us 3-4 defensive ends don't sack the quarterback).
Prior to this Dorsey news, BJ Kissel looked at the changes that could be coming to the defensive line. Check it out in the video below.
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