“I mean, part of this movement was from a philosophical belief that has been ingrained in me,” said Dorsey, who learned his trade under Packers executives Mike Holmgren and Ted Thompson.
“Winning organizations do moves like this, and what that does is it makes players realize that these guys are true to their word,” Dorsey said. “If we play and do what we’re supposed to do, at the end of the day, they’re going to give us what our just due is.”
In some ways, that viewpoint also was held by Pioli, his predecessor.
In the past few years, the Chiefs have reached long-term deals with linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and cornerback Brandon Flowers.
The Chiefs are in need of a cornerback to play opposite of Brandon Flowers after letting Brandon Carr walk last offseason. His replacement Stanford Routt proved unworthy of the task and was cut midseason. Javier Arenas filled in for the rest of the season. Robinson will now take on the task of replacing Carr armed with his new deal.
Robinson, 30, struggled with consistency last season. Pro Football Focus sites that opposing quarterbacks were 64-for-97 (66%) for 835 yards, four touchdowns, one interception, and seven pass breakups. All of that adds up to a 102.4 quarterback rating. For the season he had 67 tackles, a pick, and 1.5 sacks.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Robinson actually visited the Chiefs Thursday and the Broncos Friday, before deciding to head back to KC’s three-year deal.
The 30-year-old Robinson isn’t the same kind of cover player he used to be, but having Champ Bailey on the other side gives the Broncos a little leeway as they look for an upgrade.
With a deep group of free agent corners augmented by a crop of guys getting released, the Broncos will have plenty to choose from.
Three times in the history of the NFL Draft an offensive lineman has been the No. 1 overall pick, and all three times it has worked out pretty well.
Luke Joeckel hopes the Kansas City Chiefs make it four times.
And the Chiefs probably will if they are certain Joeckel can follow Ron Yary (1968, Minnesota), Orlando Pace (1997, St. Louis) and Jake Long (2008, Miami).
Winston was released Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs. As a player who was released, he can sign with another team at any time and does not need to wait until the opening of the unrestricted free agent market Tuesday at 4 p.m.
He formerly played for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston. It is believed that the Redskins had interest in Winston last offseason when he was a free agent. The team needs a right tackle with its starter from last season, Tyler Polumbus, eligible for unrestricted free agency.
A person familiar with the deliberations said as of early Saturday night there had been little or no contact between the Redskins and Winston’s representatives. The Redskins are over the salary cap—they must be in compliance Tuesday—and spent Saturday re-signing some of their own free agents.
What these moves indicate, is the Chiefs have a strong desire to compete immediately in the AFC West, as they are keeping the existing talent they’ve already had before making Andy Reid their Head Coach, while bringing in more talent to aid and compliment those players. After all, this was a team that featured more Pro-Bowlers (5) than overall wins (2). As of right now, it is unknown what the Chiefs will do with their 1st overall pick, as talk has ranged from continuing their interest in drafting a premier OT with their 1st pick to pair with Brandon Albert, to even trading down and picking up more picks in the upcoming draft. Anyway, they upgraded their offense considerably when they landed QB Alex Smith, a position that needed a serious change following the disappointment in the Matt Cassel trade made years ago. Not only will they have a considerably better option at QB, but they will have that QB with a fairly good RB in Jamaal Charles, along with a great OT in Brandon Albert and a top target in Dwayne Bowe.
Robinson could also be plugged in as a safety beside Eric Berry. Robinson doesn’t have optimum size for a safety — at 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds, he’s on the small side — but he has been known as one of the league’s biggest hitters for a player of his stature.
Either way, the Chiefs plan to get some use from Robinson. He was the first-round pick of the Texans in 2004 from South Carolina and became an immediate starter.
All but five of his games in the NFL have been as a starter and those five came for Houston in 2008, when he was returning from knee and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss half of the previous season.