For the lesser teams in the National Football League, these days are largely about leadership evaluation. Some head coaches will be fired in response to these evaluations while others will remain on an offseason-long hot seat, hoping to turn around their fortunes with one more year given to them. The same can be said of general managers, those figures tasked with leading a team’s personnel decisions. And the jury is still out for the New York Giants in this regard.
No one is quite sure whether or not the Giants will be employing Dave Gettleman going forward, since as FanSided’s own Matt Lombardo reports, retirement or being fired are both strong possibilities. In the wake of his potential exit from the team in the coming days and weeks, a familiar name has surfaced: former Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey.
John Dorsey and Alonzo Highsmith have been named as potential replacements for Dave Gettleman.
Highsmith has been a high-ranking personnel executive for years with both the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and Seattle Seahawks since 2012. He’s never formally held a GM role, but his body of experience certainly looks ready for the part.
As for Dorsey, he’s no stranger to Chiefs Kingdom after helping to put together the bones for the team on their present run of success. Dorsey was brought in to be the tandem partner of a new leadership team with head coach Andy Reid back before the 2013 season. Dorsey was responsible for picking offensive tackle Eric Fisher at No. 1 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, and his personnel decisions via free agency and the draft would help the Chiefs turn into the current modell of consistent success that they are.
Dorsey selected Travis Kelce in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and he selected wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the fifth round back in 2016. He slid back and landed Chris Jones in 2016 in the same draft as Hill. He also threaded the needle by trading for Patrick Mahomes at the precise spot in the draft order where he would still be available without having to break the bank.
Personality conflicts and behind-the-scenes issues were to blame for the Chiefs’ decision to allow Dorsey to walk when his original contract was up in 2017, and he was quickly replaced by Brett Veach. Since then, Dorsey has spent time as the Cleveland Browns GM and single seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions in more of a consultant capacity.
If he is hired by New York, Dorsey will be in his third official general manager role. He will be 62 years old next August