Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs with the ball against Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) at Cowboys Stadium. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cowboys Defensive Lineman Jay Ratliff Visits with Chiefs


There are multiple reports that former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jay Ratliff has visited with the Kansas City Chiefs. Marc Sessler from NFL’s “Around the League” reported here that Ratliff was released by the Cowboys earlier this month because of a failed physical due to a hamstring injury.

While many think that the Chiefs are set on the defensive front, this is proof once again that general manager John Dorsey will continue to find depth and add strength to the roster when the opportunities present themselves. The Chiefs have, perhaps, the best front seven in football right now, but bringing in Ratliff to provide relief to Dontari Poe or work side-by-side with him during sub-packages to get a better push on the pocket isn’t a horrible idea.

With the Chiefs getting ready to head into their bye week, this would be the perfect time to add a couple of players for depth, in order to give them a couple of weeks to assimilate into the team. Though Ratliff is quite obviously past his prime at 32 and has had injury issues, I think bringing him in for the right price isn’t a horrible idea.

What do you think, Addicts? Is bringing in players this late in the game a bad idea, or are you all for continuing to shake up the roster for the right reasons?

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Meh. Allen Bailey >.

  • micah stephenson

    Its never a bad ideal or a bad time to bring in players. You have to take advantage of opportunity when it presents itself. I wonder what Dorsey thinks about the QB position now that he has seen Alex for 8 games?

    • Jason Seibel

      He’s probably estatic since the team is undefeated with Smith at QB.

      • Bake

        I totally agree. I would hope that Dorsey likes that his QB has 8 wins in 8 games. It seems that it is a classic example of past history being a predictor of future performance. AS11 wins and has for quite a while. Dorsey saw that when he traded the draft picks for him.

        • micah stephenson

          See response to Jason

      • micah stephenson

        Yea ok. The team is ok. The 53 players together are 8-0. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking bout. I wonder if Dorsey is satisfied with the QB, his play, his stats, his progression, his potential, his weak arm, lack of deep ball, slow release, slow at reading defenses, not as accurate as advertised, bad at reconizing blitzes, scared to throw into any kind of coverage what’s so eva, takes off runs emedeatily cus he never had no intentions on throwing the ball, and on and on. Luckly Alex don’t have to do much but hand the ball to jc and just barely do enough to let the defense and special teams take care of it.

        • ……ChiefsFan……

          No disrespect Micah, you seem like a very passionate fan.
          I’m just really starting to wonder if you’re a Chiefs fan. I mean seriously, Manuel, and Geno would be 8-0 on this team? That is one of the most rediculous things I have heard.

          • micah stephenson

            You don’t think EJ or Geno cud do what Smith is doing while getting better?

          • berttheclock

            In two words – HELL NO!

        • Kenneth Stewart

          did you know smith has the highest win % in the past 3 yrs 2nd only to manning so think about that when you are talking bad on him i think we should look at the draft to get a qb with a good arm put him behind smith for a yr or two and who knows what we will get

          • micah stephenson

            Yea. I know about the win %. Its really the only thing good you can say about him. Luckily he ain’t had to do much.

          • KCMikeG

            It’s really the ONLY thing that matters. You don’t get into the playoffs because you had the most throwing yards or TD’s. Winning is ALL that matters.

        • Jason Seibel

          Leave it to Michah to turn a piece about a potential signing of a defensive lineman into a conversation about Alex Smith.

          • jacati

            lol

          • micah stephenson

            Lol. Lol

        • gjrchief

          Why did Matt cassel and brady quinn not go 8-0? Why is Collin Kap in San Fran not 8-0 with the best Oline in the nfl, great defense, and great run game? Any QB can do this???? really? Then why aren’t they? Why are the chiefs one of only 20 teams since the merger to do it? Why are none of the “franchise” QBs 8-0. Winning is an attribute… should be in Madden ratings… and Alex smith would be the only 99 in the NFL. Respect the intelligence, humility, and patience he shows to do the job asked of him. If brett farve had the patience to not throw so many picks he may have won 5 super bowls… but most QBs think they can fit the ball into any window. Smith swallows that egotistical QB diva bullshit and takes care of the ball… it doesnt get him big contracts, doesnt get him your respect, doesnt get him endorsements… but it gets him wins. Not many QBs have that ability. I am damn proud that ours does. Go Chiefs!

          • Jason Seibel

            Damn good post! Probably the best I’ve ever seen! You hit the nail on the head in so many ways! Did you know the Chiefs are one of only 20 teams or did you read my article? Just curious. Great job, and well said!!!

          • gjrchief

            I knew we were breathing rare air… but had no idea the exact number until I read your fantastic article. My sister and brother in law are die hard Broncos fan, so I have my ritualistic morning smack talk with each of them. That article of yours has given me all the ammo I have needed over the last few days! Thanks for the work!

          • ladner morse

            gjrchief… agree with Mr. Seibel here… one of the best posts here on AA ever.

            About Ratliff, he’s been an amazing player for the Cowboys since he was chosen by the Cs in the 7th round of the 2005 draft… which is almost like being an undrafted free agent. His departure from Dallas was a bit bit questionable… but I don’t blame anyone from wanting to escape the Jerry Jones monotony.

            Reid knows first hand about the Rat because his Eagles faced him twice per year for many, many years.

            Bringing Ratliff in at a bargain basement price may end being a bit of genius because if he can return to form before the end of the season it would give the Chiefs another excellent pass rusher during the playoffs, no matter where he’s placed along the line. His ability to spell the starters would be great and not only take advantage of his skills now but get some of our big boys rest in the second half of the season. I hope they take the leap.

          • micah stephenson

            Best post eva??? He said all that and alex still sucks.

          • micah stephenson

            Hypotheticalls??? How can I scientifically prove if cassel or quinn cuda went 8-0 on this team without them do n it?

          • KCMikeG

            Nothing hypothetical about it. Why isn’t the great CK undefeated with a better team? Cassel & Quinn had their shots last year. What’s so much better about this offense other than AS11? Who is the Super Star player that makes this offense so much better? Charles? – same great super star back as before. Bowe? – worse than before. The OL?- work in progress. WR’s? – huge improvement? – Not. TE’s? Injury plagued. What IS different? Alex Smith NOT turning the ball over and converting 3rd downs to keep drives alive and not putting the defense on short fields. That wins games. This time last year Cassel had turned the ball over TWENTY TIMES!

          • micah stephenson

            If you don’t think a lot of the QBs can do wat alex is do n and more right here and now on this team, then u need to spend less time trying to hate on and more time watching the QB play.

          • Kyle Waggener

            VERY well said!!!

          • KCMikeG

            Damn!! Couldn’t have said it better! Nothing matters more than winning.

        • BigGil

          his play, his stats, his progression, his potential, his weak arm, lack of deep ball, slow release, slow at reading defenses, not as accurate as advertised, bad at reconizing blitzes, scared to throw into any kind of coverage what’s so eva, takes off runs emedeatily cus he never had no intentions on throwing the ball, and on and on

          Some of your criticisms are overblown. Some (like his arm strength) were well known before he was acquired. Some (like his refusal to throw into coverage unless the risk is needed given the game situation, and his taking off on runs with no intention to throw*) are kinda things they’re banking on given the style of football they want to play (ball control, low turnovers, winning field position battle). His completion percentage could be better, but some responsibility for that falls on receivers dropping passes and the OL being a sieve at times forcing a throwaway (not all responsibility, or maybe not even most, but some).

          *You do realize some of those runs are designed runs, so he should be running with no intention of throwing, right? And that some of those runs that weren’t designed were taken to extend drives by gaining firsts, and that’s a positive thing, right? And that that last one doesn’t really happen if a QB is as slow diagnosing a defense and determining that the scramble will move the chains if Smith was nearly as slow at diagnosing defenses as you make him out to be, right?

          All in all I’d say, yeah, Dorsey pretty much got what he was expecting and is probably pretty satisfied with the acquisition.

          /You/ didn’t get the type of QB you wanted to get and have been abundantly clear on your dissatisfaction.

          But considering that the type of QB you wanted, for the moment at least, literally couldn’t have helped the team get any more wins than they’ve already got, maybe think about quitting complaining on a daily basis for the time being.

          And maybe consider that a “bigger armed QB” that makes worse decisions and turns the ball over more, or even just leaves the defense with worse field position (even if not specifically by turnovers) than what Smith currently does would very likely result in worse defensive performances (the long fields really help them out).

          • micah stephenson

            Well if that’s yo guy, that’s yo guy? Do you want him the next 5 yrs?

          • BigGil

            I’d prefer a guy with his decision making (i.e. stinginess with the ball and so forth) and mobility but with a bigger arm. That is a rare commodity, though. So if we can continue our winning ways having a guy with his decision making and mobility but not so strong of an arm (more so than if we had the arm but not the others), then, yeah, absolutely I’d take the guy that gets us more wins (even if they’re tight ones) over the guy that has bigger individual stats but costs us more losses due to boneheaded decisions.

            I’m kinda hoping that with Smith around he can lead and teach Bray both directly and by example so that Bray gets some of the “boneheadedness” knocked out of him. Bray’s undeniably got the arm; his decision making just needs to get a lot better than it was in college.

        • KCMikeG

          Would have, could have, should have but didn’t. Alex Smith did. “Luckly Alex don’t have to do much but hand the ball to jc” Guess you missed the article on what he has done with his legs. There’s no arguing that Thirteen 1st downs on 3rd downs keeps drives alive. What possible difference does it make if it is a run or a pass?

          I think Dorsey will draft at QB for sure and there is still the potential for Bray to develop but if AS11 leads us to playoff wins then it will take a damn good QB to win the starting job from him. Great problem to have and one we will be seeing more of in the future across the board on this team.

    • berttheclock

      Hey, Micah, any word from your agent about heading for the practice squad as a QB?

      • micah stephenson

        No but I’d take A talent scout position, and eventually the GMs job. Lol. Hey you got to aim high.

        • berttheclock

          Nothing wrong with aiming “high”, eh? Or was that “aiming while high”?

          • micah stephenson

            I seen the “high” jokes comming from a mile away soon as I posted that. :-)

          • berttheclock

            Well, I was interested in a scouting role, but, the Lingerie League appeared to be covered.

    • Danny W

      He can’t be too pleased with Smith I mean really. He doesn’t have a controversy on his hands or anything but I don’t see the answer in Chase Daniel. If Smith goes down I want Bray in there.

  • berttheclock

    Ratliff has always used quickness and leverage as he is undersized. At 32, some of that quickness may be gone, but, the Cowboys were going to switch him from NT to DE before his season ending groin injury. His problems with the Cowboys may stem more from Jerry Jones wanting to cut money instead of Ratliff not having NFL life left in him. After meeting with the Chiefs, he flew to Chicago, where Emory wanted to talk with him. It really looks as though Mr Dorsey is keeping his options open.

    • BigGil

      I’d be shocked if Chicago doesn’t sign him, if only for the rest of the season. Melton getting injured really hampered that team quickly (it only got even worse with the Cutler/Briggs injuries, but Melton’s was the beginning of the downward spiral).

  • berttheclock

    Casserly was asked about the half season trade possibilities on NFL Network. He said that situation specialists such as a speed rusher and even a running back could step in faster with a new team than others who might take longer to work into systems. Much of the work of the defensive line under Sutton is really knowing the system and knowing how to work with one another. Ratliff looks as though he would be more of a quick stop gap unless they want to have him stick around for next season.

  • GDL40

    “Headache” , “arrogant” , ” cancer in the locker room” “pitty the team that signs him”, etc. etc…. is all I hear from Cowboys fans…… makes me wonder if it’s worth the risk. We certainly don’t need any distractions right now. The guys seem to have a great chemistry and sense of “family”, the feel of a real TEAM, let’s not put that at risk !

  • ArrowFan

    If is ant broke don’t fix it.

  • Danny W

    Ratliff would make a great addition on the line. Why wouldn’t you want a proven guy who could add depth when healthy.

  • Cordell Ingram

    I wouldn’t be to worried if I was Dorsey at disecting Smith’s play through the first 8 weeks. No he hasn’t been Aaron Rodgers, but he was never meant to be. Noted that he has been some what sub par par at noticing blitzes. A great qb at noticing blitzes was guess who? Matt Cassel, he noticed them alright and threw the ball right in the air. So would you rather have a sack for a few yards, a throw away, or a potential first, but also with that potential throw a interception. Alex smith IS a game manager. Simple as that. If any of you watched smith with Crabtree and Davis you’d know all he is doing with our receivers especially Bowe is figuring out what bowe likes. And how he can get it there without playing casselish and just throwing itup. Granted bowe is a top 5 receiver when the ball is thrown deep to him. But Alex smith doesn’t have that trust yet. AS did the same with Crabtree. Just settle down fellow Chief Fans. AS with get more comfortable and we will see our offense open up. Also behind smith yes we have Chase Daniel who might be the best back up qb in the league, but behind him is a stud in grooming Tyler Bray.
    Hopefully he can be our future QB.

    • berttheclock

      “threw the ball right in the air”. But, where it landed, who knew where?

      • Cordell Ingram

        Exactly lol.

  • BigGil

    Maybe. But only at the veteran minimum.

  • berttheclock

    Now, Ratliff is heading for South Beach to be wined and dined by Ireland. Lots of negative comments on sites for the Cowboys, but, my attitude is if he can fleece Jerry Jones, then, all power to him. Anything to shut up the worst GM in the game. Jerry should have been content with just handling his real estate empire and left the operations of the Cowboys to knowledgeable NFL personnel. Jones made a huge mistake in personally confronting Ratliff and calling him improper names, but, I really could never see Clark Hunt doing anything similar. Ratliff may not be as pure as the driven snow, but, he is far from the first NFL player to rant about newspaper sports reporters being allowed into the locker room and trying to goad a player into some ill thought out remark. So, he went off on a sports reporter covering the ‘Boys, as Mike Myers would say, “Big Whoop”. Baggage? Yes, with his DUI, he does have baggage. Perhaps, the only ones who will make a ton of money regarding the lawsuits which will fly between Ratliff and Jones are the “Oh, those wonderful billable hours” trial attorneys.