It appears the Kansas City Chiefs defensive line is going to see a shake up after all.
After hearing a weeks worth of rumors that defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey was negotiating a contract to stay in Kansas City, Dorsey will instead go and visit the San Francisco 49ers. It is not certain if the 49ers have offered Dorsey a contract, but the visit would suggest the Chiefs and Dorsey are not close to a deal.
While Dorsey has been on his visit, the Chiefs met with former New York Jets defensive lineman Mike DeVito. DeVito played under now Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton who was with the Jets last season. Under Sutton, DeVito, 29, started 15 games recording 52 tackles and one sack.
Dorsey was drafted fifth overall by the Chiefs in 2008, the final draft of the Carl Peterson era. He has since been considered a bust, recording just four sacks in 65 starts in his tenure in Kansas City. Some believe the talent and skill is still there for Dorsey but he has been playing out of position, and that a scheme change would go a long way towards extracting production out of Dorsey. We may never know if that could have happened in Kansas City if he decides to sign with San Francisco.
If the Chiefs do end up signing both DeVito and Dorsey, one may being to wonder if the Chiefs plan to change to a 4-3 scheme as Kansas City still lacks a second starting middle linebacker. Sutton has experience as a 4-3 coordinator and many scouts feel the Chiefs personnel best fits a change to a four down lineman defense.
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UPDATE #1: DeVito has officially signed with the Chiefs.
Former Jets DL Mike DeVito agrees to terms with the Chiefs, according to the KC Star. Reid and Dorsey continuing aggressive approach.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 12, 2013
UPDATE #2: Terms of DeVito contract: three-years, $12.6 million including a $4.2 million signing bonus, according to Joel Corry.
Mike DeVito signs a three-yr, $12.6M deal with KC. ($4.2M signing bonus, $850k ’13 base salary fully GTD, 1M of ’14 base injury guaranteed).
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 12, 2013