Chiefs Backed Away From Small School LB

The Kansas City Chiefs currently have a full roster heading into training camp, but that hasn’t stopped them from looking for more talent.  According to the Rapid City Journal, the team was on the verge of inviting little known prospect Dave Olsen to camp.

The25-year-old inside linebacker said he had received a call from agent Vincent Calo last Sunday telling him that the Kansas City Chiefs were ready to pull the trigger on an invite to the team’s training camp later this month.

“I was on cloud nine for the longest time,” Olson said.

He asked Calo what the next step was before officially receiving the invitation.  Calo said the Chiefs would go through Olson’s life with a fine-toothed comb — background checks, criminal records, medical examinations and the like.

A severe dislocation of his AC joint in 2008 at Division II Bemidji State (Minn.) University sidelined Olson for almost eight months and almost derailed his career.  There was nerve damage in his shoulder, but doctors have told Olson the injury is 100 percent healed.

When Kansas City saw the shoulder report, the team apparently was unnerved.  Olson heard the news through Calo on Friday while he was driving.  He had to pull over to the side of the road before he broke down.

“(Calo) said they think it’s too much liability, and they didn’t want to go with me,” Olson said.

Olson said the book is “basically closed” on the Chiefs.  He said the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings have also shown considerable interest.  The Vikings had called Olson earlier this week about a camp invite, Olson said.

But after the Chiefs turned him down, he said other teams are bound to ask what made Kansas City balk.  He believes the shoulder injury will influence others’ decisions as well.

The decision certainly wasn’t based on his numbers.  The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Olson received final test grades of 9.18 on a 10-point scale at the ELITE Pro Football National Combine in Indianapolis last month.  ELITE’s pro standard is an eight, and anything above 8.6 is considered particularly impressive.

If the Chiefs were as close to signing Olson as his agent said (they have been known to be overly optimistic when speaking with their clients) then this injury must still be an issue.  You don’t go to these lengths to find a player two weeks before training camp and then walk away over an injury that is 100%.

If there is a team that would know how to deal with a shoulder injury, it’s the Chiefs.  Their training staff worked almost non-stop on shoulder injuries to Jamaal Charles and Brandon Flowers last season, so any sort of manageable problems still lingering with Olson would not have been an issue for Kansas City.

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