Dorsey Sailing New Waters

Even with the town of Kansas City plastered with Royal Blue these days, on Wednesday afternoon, the Sea of Red, made a triumphant return to the heartland. With the Chiefs biggest off-season question mark answered in the form of a $101 million contract to All Pro Linebacker, Justin Houston, it’s time to believe in this franchise again.

Now that the ugly contract business has been laid to rest in regards to Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker, Justin Houston, the team can begin their quest to secure an AFC West title.

Don’t get me wrong this roster is far from complete. Adding veteran Guard, Evan Mathis and trading for unhappy Philadelphia Eagles Inside Linebacker, Mychal Kendricks, are must grabs before Kansas City departs training camp in August.

For now though, the job General Manager, John Dorsey, has done rebuilding this roster needs to be appreciated and embraced by every Kansas City Chiefs fan.

The fact, ownership gave Dorsey a wide birth to spend money on key players in 2015, says much about the commitment of Chairman, Clark Hunt. Still it was Dorsey, who surveyed the market and realized, signing high caliber, productive NFL superstars, costs lots of coin.

When Dorsey arrived in Kansas City shortly after the team hired Head Coach, Andy Reid, to lead this franchise back to respectability in January of 2013; he came to the Chiefs with a reputation of being a hard-nosed negotiator.

That fact never was more apparent in dealing with Joel Segal, the agent for Justin Houston. Dorsey never stopped negotiating, despite a plethora of reasons to do just; it told me he understands the importance of securing top talent at any cost.

That being said, he had to maintain common sense in regards to the dollars he was allowed to spend on the field. Off the field, the Kansas City Chiefs are a moneymaking machine. With profits at an all time high, Dorsey was given the autonomy to spend those dollars on the football product itself.

In doing so, the Chiefs have positioned themselves with a nearly flawless off-season to give the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers a run for the division title.

Again, I can’t stress enough the Chiefs must continue to tinker with their roster before opening day. With Houston, in the fold and the franchise tag dollars no longer committed to his services, the team has more than enough cap flexibility to add any players they sit fit to guide them to their ultimate goal.

In the aftermath of the Chiefs best off-season since the team acquired Joe Montana and Marcus Allen decades ago, Dorsey has to be praised for executing a plan not many fans believed he could accomplish.

Again, having the Hunt vault open is one thing, but actually getting deals done for high priced talent, when other factors could derail signing them at any given moment, tells me Dorsey has his pulse on the new NFL.

In any sport, money generally is the line in the sand that teams must set in order to build a winning franchise. In the last two years, the Chiefs have given Houston, Jeremy Maclin, Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles contracts that put them in the upper echelon financially of their respective positions.

That’s a far cry from the days of old for the Chiefs when the franchise could not retain its home grown talent or attract top free agents to play in Kansas City.

It’s far too early to tell how the impact of these signings will ultimately play out for the 2015 season. But I shudder to think, if none of the four I mentioned had signed those deals, where this franchise might be at this very moment.

Nearly three years ago, Dorsey, Reid and Hunt formulated a plan. The Chairman and the Head Coach did their part but it was Dorsey who had to execute all of it under a sea of financial waters that would drown most NFL general managers.

One might have thought hiring Dorsey, a friend of Reid, was showing yet another sign of NFL favoritism. Even though that sentiment might still be at the forefront of some people people in NFL circles, Dorsey has proven to every Chiefs fan, he’s the right man for the job.

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