Kansas City Chiefs Must Let Glenn Dorsey Walk This Offseason

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Defensive end Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs takes on Jared Veldheer #68 of the Oakland Raiders on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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With an offseason flush with change on the horizon, the Kansas City Chiefs must let former No. 5 overall pick Glenn Dorsey walk as an unrestricted free agent this spring. 

The Chiefs placed Dorsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, on season-ending injured reserve Sunday. According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the move likely ends Dorsey's underwhelming career with the Chiefs. 

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported the same likely outcome Sunday.

Dorsey's rookie deal expires after the 2012 season. 

A two-time All-American (2006, 2007) at LSU under Nick Saban, Dorsey was expected to be the next dominant defensive lineman in the NFL. That potential simply never materialized in Kansas City.

While a serviceable player, and one who started 65 games, Dorsey rarely flashed any superstar development. As Teicher mentions, Dorsey plays on running downs but rarely stays on the field for obvious passing downs.

In terms of production and draft status, it would be hard to call Dorsey anything but a bust for the Chiefs.

Dorsey missed just two career games before this season, but his stats—238 total tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble and three pass defensed over 66 career games—do not equate to a player picked in the top five of any draft. 

The Chiefs paid Dorsey almost $51 million over his five years, including $22 million in guaranteed money and nearly $7 million in 2012. The production doesn't come close to matching the salary.

It's now time for the two sides to go in opposite directions. 

The 1-7 (and likely to be 1-8 after Monday night) Chiefs are likely looking at changes throughout the organization, from general manager to head coach to starting quarterback. A struggling, suddenly-injury prone draft bust from a regime long ago should be one of the last priorities for Kansas City this offseason. 

Dorsey should have no interest in going back, either. 

Drafted to anchor the interior of a 4-3 defense, Dorsey has been misplaced as a five technique in a 3-4 defense. More than likely, a team running a traditional four-man front will make any remaining interest from the Chiefs this offseason a moot point. 

Kansas City is on the verge of a tidal wave of change, and a change of scenery might be exactly what Dorsey needs to jump-start a disappointing NFL career. A reunion between the two sides is unlikely this offseason, and neither side should want that outcome.