Dec 24, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey (72) and linebacker Justin Houston (50) react during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Dorsey Signs With The 49ers


The Kansas City Chiefs have officially lost DE Glenn Dorsey.

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

We knew this was probably coming but that doesn’t make it sting any less. The move is an especially low blow because there were reports circulating just days ago that the Chiefs were likely going to be able to retain Dorsey.

The Chiefs selected Dorsey with the fifth pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. That was back when Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson were running the team. Dorsey sliding to the Chiefs was a bit of a surprise and I remember there being reports that the Chiefs were positively giddy that he fell into their laps.

Dorsey struggled mightily as a rookie in Herm’s 4-3 defense. The Chiefs finished 2-14 that year and Herm and Carl were sent packing. The Chiefs switched to a 3-4 and while most thought Dorsey could be dealt, he shifted to DE and at times, was a very good run-stuffer for the Chiefs.

Though many think Dorsey is better off playing inside in a 4-3, he now goes to the 49ers, a team that runs the 3-4, albeit a different version than what Chiefs fans are used to.

It will be interesting to see if the 49ers can get more out of Dorsey than the Chiefs were able to, particularly as a pass rusher.

What do you think, Addicts? Did the new regime make a mistake letting Dorsey go?

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  • Altarium

    Hard to call it a mistake yet, since we can’t really gauge whether a suitable replacement will be on the roster when the season begins. It’s not ideal, but it’s not surprising. Anyone really expect him to NOT sign with with SF after it was reported he’d visit them? Who wouldn’t want to play for a team that made it to the big game the previous season?

  • sidibeke

    With the DeVito signing, it seems like a good overall move for KC. It’ll be interesting to see what Dorsey got paid and compare that to DeVito’s contract.

  • DieHard_ChiefsFan

    Ok, so why the heck didnt we try to package him with the Alex Smith deal ?? We could have saved our conditional pick next year or maybe traded for our 3rd this year instead of the 2nd. Im a little frustrated with this signing. Hope he does well but i think we could have got something for him had it been planned right by the front office. On that note, I have so far been very impressed with all of our recent signings. They want to hit this season running fast, very exciting !!

    • Michael Shaw

      Because he was a free agent and not technically on our roster anymore. Otherwise they may have tried to do just that.

      • DieHard_ChiefsFan

        I completely agree with your comment but even before the FA started, we were negotiating with San Fran for Alex Smith, I was saying if they would have been thinking at that point and added Dorsey to the mix, the trade for Smith may have been a little less of a blow to Chiefs fans and to our Draft Picks. Only thought i have is maybe they thought they would have him locked up before now. Either way, I am happy for him and look forward to this season.

        • Michael Shaw

          That is the point I was trying to make. Even though the new league year did not start until Tuesday, Glenn was a free agent, so when we started negotiating for Alex he was still not part of the team as he was a free agent. His contract technically did not expire until the new league year began, but he was not available to the team to offer up for a trade as his contract was up.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You can’t trade a player who isn’t under contract.

      • DieHard_ChiefsFan

        I understand that, but before the 12th, he was still under contract, when we spoke with San Fran (Way before the start of FA), they could have at that time offer him up as a partial trade for Alex, that was what i was trying to communicate. Sorry if i was unclear

        • Stacy D. Smith

          The trade can’t go through until the new league year starts. By then, he would’ve been in the same position he was in today (unrestricted). They were never in a position to trade him.

  • micah stephenson

    He aint good enough for the Chiefs 3-4 but is good enough for the superbowl contending 49s 3-4??? Im confused.

    • Michael Shaw

      I thought SF played a Hybrid 4-3?? Either way, we did try to sign him, but he likely wanted more money than we wanted to pay. Besides, if it was you, whom would you rather work with, a super bowl contender or a team that just went 2-14???? I wish him luck until he plays us in the SB!!! LOL!!

      • Keeping_It_Heel

        big 49er fan here, our base D is a 3-4 but we only played that formation about 30% of the time last season. The reason is we played a ton of teams that liked to spread the field with multiple receiver sets putting us in more of a 4-3/nickle formations. Depending on how things go this season we could see more 3-man fronts who knows.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      They play a hybrid defense with 3-man and 4-man fronts.

      • Michael Shaw

        Ah. I was sure they had more 4-man fronts than they did 3.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I wish the kid luck. Hopefully he can make something of his career. He was a trooper for playing in a scheme that didn’t maximize his strengths.

  • Jim Harper

    I am surprised that he signed with another 3/4 defense, but maybe that was the only nibble on his line. I wish him well. See you in the Super Bowl Glen!

  • toperspective

    He have better stats because he’ll be playing along side better players. It’s funny how we Chiefs’ fans don’t want anyone to leave our 2-14 team other than Cassel.

  • SuperGnat

    Watch Dorsey become an all pro