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Chiefs Sign Dunta Robinson: 5 Quick Reactions

The Kansas City Chiefs were busy late last night, agreeing to a three-year contract with former Atlanta Falcons CB Dunta Robinson.

Robsinson was originally drafted by the Houston Texans. He was the tenth player taken in 2004. Dunta played for the Texans through the 2009 season before jumping ship to Atlanta. Starting as a rookie, Robinson nabbed six interceptions and 87 tackles.

Here are five quick reactions to the Robinson signing.

1. Beware the Stanford Routt effect

The Chiefs signed a veteran CB last season in Stanford Routt. While I loved the move at the time, Routt struggled at times for the Chiefs and was eventually cut before the end of the season.*

Robinson will be 31 in April and so I am going to proceed with caution. While like the move, there is no guarantee it will work out.

*For the record, I still think cutting Stanford Routt was a big mistake.

2. Dunta could play safety

The Chiefs could be looking to move Robinson to safety. Since Robinson is aging and likely losing a little bit of his speed, KC might decide to slide him over to the safety position.

There is no loyalty to Kendrick Lewis on the part of the new regime. The FS has been struggling with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss much of last season and may have impacted his tackling ability when he did play. KC has added Husain Abdullah but he hasn’t played football an entire year.

A recent report from Pro Football Talk claims the Chiefs are paying Robinson starter’s money. But are they paying him starting CB money?

If KC really does want to move Dunta, they could decide to make him a SS. Robinson is still very good in the running game. The move would enable KC to move Eric Berry to FS where he could be more Ed Reed and less Troy Polamalu. Being at FS would enable Berry the opportunity to use his athleticism to intercept passes.

I am not saying a move for Robinson or Berry is in the cards but it is something to consider.

3. The new regime was aggressive

Remember when Scotty Pioli came to town? Other than the Matt Cassel trade, Pioli spent most of his time dismantling the roster and adding “his guys” to the bottom of it. Then he started tossing out catch phrases like “right 53″ and “substance over sizzle,” which was Pioli-speak for “signing and drafting crappy players.”

The new regime under John Dorsey, is nothing if not aggressive. Some of the moves they have made are slam dunks while others, like the Alex Smith deal, are questionable.

I don’t know how this will all work out but after the last few years of Pioli’s methodical approach to losing, Dorsey’s ways are refreshing.

4. The new regime is unpredictable

I think we can all agree here, right? I had no idea the Chiefs were interested in Robinson. We are getting leaks and reports on a lot of the the moves the Chiefs are trying to make but this one went under our radar. The rest of this offseason should be fun.

5. Robinson can’t be the only answer

Even if Robinson is the guy the Chiefs want to start for them at CB this season, he can’t be the only corner the team adds. The Chiefs lack depth and the new regime would do well do double down on most positions with veterans and young, talented players. While Robinson’s age is a concern, plenty of corners have had strong seasons after the age of 30. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton could have a big impact on the success of this trade. Bob has a lot of talent to play with. If he can get the most out of the Chiefs, KC could have a dominant defensive unity in 2013.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s a solid signing. The kind every team needs in the offseason. He adds depth to the cornerback position and has starting experience. He can be your CB2 if you need him to be, but I’m hoping they stick him at Nickel.

    Smith’s out of the race now, but there are other vet corners available. I think the Chiefs will look into one or more of them.

    • Richard Comstock

      Yeah what do you think about DRC? Could he be our guy?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m sure Reid will have interest, but I’m going to guess he’s going to want a contract pretty close to what Sean Smith is asking for.

  • Lyle Graversen

    My guess, he starts at CB this season. There is great CB depth in this draft so they could take a CB with their 3rd or 4th round pick and groom him for a year then move him into the starting line up next year and slide Dunta to FS.

    • Tyler Alexander

      Agreed. Plus, I can’t see him at SS based on the fact he’s just to small to cover TE’s.

      • Patrick Allen

        Good point.

        • Richard Comstock

          What do you think about jaiver at fs daunta at nickel and DRC maybe at cb2?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’d prefer it the other way around. Arenas at Nickel/Robinson at Free Safety.

          • Richard Comstock

            I keep hearing that smith over values him self. Do you think thats the same with drc or maybe hes just better and does deserve more?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I honestly just think Cromartie’s the better corner.

          • micah stephenson

            Id like Flowers 1, DRC 2, Robinson 3, Areanes 4. Wit L.Landry FS and Berry SS.

          • KCMikeG

            Don’t forget Abdullah. If we add another CB in the draft we are going to have a very talented AND deep backfield.

          • Scott Woodruff

            Having Al Harris as a coach for these guys, will step up their game.

          • KCMikeG

            That would work just fine for me.

    • Richard Comstock

      What about jaiver at fs?My pops has been calling for this for years.

    • Michael Shaw

      I am glad they didn’t overpay for Sean Smith. I don’t think is as good as DRC or Dunta.

  • Chris Wolfley

    I like the fact that he can play either position. He could be a depth guy. As pointed out above, Lewis is questionable with injuries. We need another starting CB, but they may have others in mind for that. Arenas has been spotty at nickel, but decent as a returner. This move could shore up question marks in both areas.

  • Richard Comstock

    I would have to say the fact that routt cleared waivers was a clear sign of his worth.. Even titus young didnt manage that..

    Atlanta lacks pass rush so im hoping that an agressive 34 with our guys will improve his play.

    I guess we wont know what they plan to do until we see that contact right? I agree with you though this cant be the only move. The fact that they still had some intrest in smith after we signed robinson shows me that dorsey agrees with you.

    We may still get smith if no other team is willing to over spend on him. I too love this agressive style of our gm. I really hope they make a good offer at ellerbe. Hes a stud!

    • KCMikeG

      Good call on Ellerbee as he can do it all – even cover TE’s which we have struggled with for years – but it is sounding like he may stay in Baltimore.

  • Erik Hild

    I think the chiefs next FA signing should be a veteran DE. I’m thinking maybe Chris Canty, Dwight Freeney, or Cliff Avril. Dorsey is proving to be a much more interesting GM than Pioli

    • Michael Shaw

      I agree with signing a DE, but I don’t think it will be Dwight Freeney. I am almost positive that he is a better DE in a base 4-3,. Canty on the other hand might be an interesting move, however I am thinking Seattle makes a HUGE push for him. I am not a Cliff Avril fan. My best friend is a DIE HARD Lions fan and he has done nothing but complain about Avril’s inconsistency. So because of that I would rather have Glenn Dorsey back instead of Avril.

      • KCMikeG

        Agreed plus Avril is a better fit for the 4-3 too. Bring on Canty.

  • kirk

    I say move Robinson to nickel, move Javier to dime and go draft milliner. we already gave 5 safeties berry, lewis, abduhla, Hartman and Elam. moving Robinson to safety is not a good call unless he’s strictly a run stopping safety like Adrian Wilson. milliner will solidify our group of db’s

    • Michael Shaw

      Kirk, I feel you on this one, but I am afraid that we might as well get used to the fact that the team is going to draft an OL with the first pick. I have been clamoring my shield for us to draft Milliner for about a month or so now!!!!

      • Chief Hokie

        Now that we cut Winston we’re pretty much forced into drafting Joeckel. I would’ve loved a secondary of flowers, and milliner, and berry. Oh well…

  • Jim Harper

    So far they have not made a move that I did not like. (especially Alex Smith). I have heard that Arrowhead is going to have a new concession stand serving nothing but Crow, and the line seems to be growing, so all the people that think that getting Alex Smith is a bad idea, you might want to eat your crow before the game so you don’t have to wait in that long line and miss part of the game.

    • KCMikeG

      Hahaha! Too funny Jim! Plus you know how much more that crow will cost at the concession stand than if they buy their own and eat it at a tailgate party.

    • toperspective

      That’s very funny. But did you also tell people they would be eating crow last year after the Pioli FA signings and his draft. Were you on board with the Crennel hire? So just what is your prognostication track record? On a scale of Mel Kiper to Miss Cleo where do you rank?

  • chiefridgy

    **For the record, I still think cutting Stanford Routt was a big mistake.**
    I thought he was playing pretty well.

    • micah stephenson

      Me too. I think they shuda kept him.

    • Michael Shaw

      Yeah, I am not sure what the hell happened there, but the fact that he cleared the waiver wire and didn’t get signed tells me something was amiss!!!

      • KCMikeG

        It was attitude with the coaching staff combined with average play. Actually I believe the Texans signed him.

        • Michael Shaw

          Ah. I didn’t see that.

      • chiefridgy

        Injury or attitude I’m sure.

      • Chief Hokie

        He wouldn’t tackle. I can remember several instances of him completely whiffing on easy tackles.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    It would not shock me to see Dunta play SS, move Berry to FS and sign a vet CB.

    • Michael Shaw

      Holy crap!!! It’s a Merlin sighting!!!! Welcome back stranger!! When are you posting another article of Merlin’s Magic???!!!

  • big chief

    Well maybe we can finally get rid of Arenas. He routinely gets burned in coverage and rarely run a kick passed the 30.