An option at defensive tackle is likely off the board, as Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday evening that the Kansas City Chiefs are drawing closer to re-signing Glenn Dorsey to a new contract.
The 2008 draft is probably best remembered by Carolina Panthers' fans as the draft that saw Marty Hurney attempt to land the organization a franchise QB. On draft day the organization ultimately made two both first round moves in drafting Jonathan Stewart, then trading for Jeff Otah -- but it was Matt Ryan who the team had their eye on. Reportedly the team had a deal on the table with the Chiefs to trade up for Ryan, but this move was dashed by the Atlanta Falcons who selected Ryan, causing Dorsey to wind up in KC.
Any moves for mid-level defensive tackles is of note, because it hurts the Panthers' ability in free agency. No, they don't have a lot of money to spend -- but Dorsey would have been an excellent addition for Carolina, and wouldn't carry a large price tag. Largely out of place in the Chiefs' 3-4 in his early career, he reformed his game to become one of the NFL's better five-technique defensive ends.
What's interesting about this early free agent period is that everything is shaping up quite nicely for the Panthers based on draft need. Between the Miami Dolphins' pushing to add receivers, and Kansas City retaining their talent -- it leaves more players on the board to give Carolina options. While it makes it near-impossible to know which direction the team is leaning, at least it wont be boring.