Glenn Dorsey is signed, sealed and delivered.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Glenn Dorsey is signed, sealed and delivered.
The Former East Ascension High School and Louisiana State University standout defensive tackle and the No. 5 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, signed a five-year deal with the Kansas City Cheats Saturday with an option for a sixth year.
The contract signing came after a brief holdout that essentially cost him only one practice in training camp.
While Chiefs’ officials did not release details of the contract, it is reportedly valued at a maximum of $51 million, with more than $22 million guaranteed, a source close to the situation told reporters.
Upon hearing that a deal was agreed upon Saturday, Dorsey caught a flight out of Baton Rouge at around 4:30 a.m. to arrive at the Chiefs’ spring training offices on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus just in time for team meetings.
“I’m just excited to be here, to stand before you all and get to work with my teammates and my coaches,” Dorsey told the media during Saturday’s press conference. “My agent did a great job. The Chiefs did a great job. It was a great agreement.”
Joel Segal, Dorsey’s agent, told reporters he was glad to get his client in camp almost on time. Two opening-day workouts were both forced indoors by rain Friday. While Dorsey missed practice Saturday morning, Segal said that the 300-pound defender was expected to be on the field for Saturday’s afternoon practice.
“Glenn is a very disciplined guy who loves football,” Segal said. “He was anxious to get to camp. He indicated to me that he’s excited now to help the Chiefs win.”
Team sources have said that Dorsey will step in immediately as a cornerstone of a defensive line being rebuilt to make up for the loss of Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen, who was traded to the Minnesota Vikings during the off season. He will move to the interior while veteran Tamba Hali moves from left defensive end to right to replace the departed Allen.
When asked by reporters to make a prediction about his rookie season, Dorsey displayed his trademark humbleness in his response.
“It’s a totally different world now, playing against everybody who’s one of the best at what they do,” he said. “I can’t really tell you right now. I have to go through camp and see how it goes.
“I’m just going to have fun. I like to have fun when I play.”
Chiefs president Carl Peterson said Saturday that Dorsey’s signing was hastened by the recent signing of New York Jets top draft pick Vernon Gholston, who was drafted just after Dorsey.
Dorsey said that the financial dealings of his contract were not the immediate factor on his mind.
“That’s down the line,” Dorsey said. “That’s going to be way down the line. It’s time to get down to business. I look forward to taking care of my family. But now it’s time to get down to business.”
Kansas City is looking to rebuilt after a 4-12 campaign under head coach Herman Johnson last season.
Dorsey is the 11th of the Chiefs’ 12 picks to sign.
The most decorated defensive player in LSU history, Dorsey won numerous national awards as a senior in 2007 including the Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski, and Lott Trophies. He was the becoming the first player in LSU history to win any of those awards
Dorsey capped his collegiate career by playing in 52 games with 31 starts. He was credited with 179 total tackles in his college career, including 27 for losses and 13 sacks.