One of the most underrated needs of the K.C. Chiefs 2021 offseason is the safety position. People will overlook the hole there because fans think of Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill and are satisfied. However, the depth behind them is questionable at best with Dan Sorensen hitting free agency and Armani Watts serving as nothing more than special teams help to date.
Safety is one of those positions where if one of your starters go down, then things start to get worrisome. Add that in with the fact Juan Thornhill became a situational safety in 2020 (yes he is coming off a torn ACL, but we can’t help that) and Chiefs fans may rethink just how comfortable we should be with the safety position.
Bringing in another depth safety who may even have starting-caliber play left in the tank would be perfect for the Chiefs so they have some insurance at the position for next season. Without further ado, here are four free agent safety targets for the Chiefs to consider this offseason.
Good old Dirty Dan has to be on the list, right? Regardless of what fans think about him, Andy Reid likes him and he’s already familiar with the team. Yes, Sorensen isn’t the greatest coverage guy and drives fans crazy sometimes with his lack of athleticism. However, he has a great nose for the ball and always has a game-changing play every other week it seems.
Sorensen is meant for more of a box safety role or almost like a dime linebacker given his effective range from the LOS to about 10 or 15 yards out. The coaches just can’t continue to put Sorensen in deep zones. Truth be told, the Chiefs do not win the Super Bowl without Sorensen in 2019 and they might have lost to the Cleveland Browns in the Divisional Round this year had he not knocked the ball out of Rashard Higgins‘ hands at the one-yard line. Sorensen surely is a spectacle for Chiefs fans.
It’s almost certain that the Chiefs will be interested in bringing Sorensen back but they can’t do it again for $4 million, which is what Sorenson played for this past season. The Chiefs really need to start saving money ,so if Sorensen is willing to come back for $1-2 million, then there’s a world where he returns next season.