Not every improvement for the 2020 season involves adding players to the roster. The Chiefs could accomplish two necessary tasks simply by choosing to move a player off the roster who receives a lot of playing time, but has been horribly ineffective in the 2020 season.
Look, I get it, Daniel Sorensen was a great story in the 2019 Playoffs. But, he’s still the same player he’s always been. He’s a liability in coverage who is typically a step or two behind the man he’s covering, and cannot play the ball when it’s in the air. In run defense, he’s a fine player but the tradeoff isn’t worth it, especially as the offense continues to pile up points, teams will be passing more than rushing against Kansas City, just like last year.
Trading Daniel Sorensen improves the pass defense. Tedric Thompson has been effective for Kansas City but he’s ceding snaps to Dirty Dan right now. The Chiefs have got to find a way to get their better cover man on the field more.
The other half of this is that the Chiefs can free up some capital through this move. They owe Sorenson just over $2 million the rest of the way, and they can use that money either to make one of these other moves work, or to roll over to next year’s payroll.
For Dallas’ part, they’ve been desperate for safety help since last year ended and even before. They’re giving up 36 points per game and any upgrade is relevant. Is Sorensen the answer for the Cowboys? For sure not. But, he does provide them with experienced depth that will vastly improve the position for the team.
Sorensen isn’t going to net much in return – but Veach can get back the 6th he traded for BoPete Keyes in 2020, and use it to make one of the other deadline deals if he wants to. This trade isn’t about the return though, it’s about the money and getting Thompson on the field more.