Last summer there was talk that Glenn Dorsey — after showing up to OTAs out of shape — could be the odd man out in Kansas City and that the Detroit Lions could be his landing spot. MLive’s Tom Kowalski thinks that scenario could come into play again this offseason.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was on the Chiefs’ staff when Kansas City drafted him and Cunningham really likes the kid. The reason he might be available is because the Chiefs drafted Dorsey as a 4-3 defensive tackle and they’ve now switched schemes and he’s playing a 3-4 end. Neither the Chiefs nor Dorsey is apparently happy with the results and that’s why I think the Lions might make a play for him in the off-season. I still think it’s a longshot, but it’s a shot worth taking.
As for trade value, I’m not sure what he’d cost. I think you might see something a little creative, like swapping of picks in a round or two, as opposed to a straight-up one-for-one deal. We’ll see if this heats up as we get closer to the draft.
Back at the beginning of training camp I would say neither side was happy about the results. But then Dorsey got into shape and Haley saw as the season went along just how important Dorsey was to the defense.
There’s no doubt that Dorsey isn’t your prototypical defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3, but he showed down the stretch that he had the ability to play there. He also still gets the occasional run on the inside and should continue to get work all along the defensive line next season.
I have no doubt that Cunningham would love to add Dorsey to the Lions defense, but to call it a longshot it probably putting it mildly. With Romeo Crennel coming in to fine tune the defense and Dorsey (presumably) showing up to training camp in shape, he should have an opportunity to really flourish in 2010.