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Glenn Dorsey agrees to deal with 49ers

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Faced with losses along their own defensive front, the 49ers have found a replacement.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers have agreed to a contract with former Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

The former fifth overall pick in the 2008 Draft seemed miscast playing in a 3-4 defense in Kansas City, but  goes back into one in San Fran.

The 49ers have already lost nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the Eagles, and backup lineman Ricky Jean-Francois is visiting the Eagles today.

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52 Responses to “Glenn Dorsey agrees to deal with 49ers”
  1. hallirish says: Mar 13, 2013 3:29 PM

    As a Chiefs fan – Good Luck! You will flourish if used correctly – Another Pioli disaster in the wrong system

  2. jeremywflores says: Mar 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    Solid signing by Baalke. Make things easier on Justin and McDonald.

  3. mmsierra says: Mar 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    Thank GOD, for THAT !!
    At least we’ve signed a DL

    Will he play DE or NT ?
    Is he a run stopper ? pass rusher ?
    I Still want a DL with our first draft pick
    (and another one in the first four rounds)

    We’ve taken some hits in Free Agency !!

  4. vidae1 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    As another Chiefs fan – I hope he goes to SF and beasts it. He was miscast here and had hideous coaching.

  5. riseabovecancer says: Mar 13, 2013 3:31 PM



  6. Randy Wilkins says: Mar 13, 2013 3:31 PM

    The niners switch to a 4-3 at times so he could work much better in that scheme.

  7. baymac408 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    The Goldson news made me sad!! He will be missed !! This news helps for sure welcome G Dorsey!

  8. redwoodking says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    I like it. Your move Seattle

  9. coughlinsredcheeks says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    Like the article points out, Dorsey was miscast in the 3-4 defense. Why would the 49ers sign him outside of depth?

  10. ninerempire7 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    He hasn’t lived up to his potential in KC, but sometimes a change in scenery brings out the best in a player. In Dorsey’s case, going to a team with a winning culture, and a Super Bowl favorite at that. Harbaugh will bring out the best in this guy. This has all the makings of a great sign.

  11. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    Better coaching and better than both Sopoaaga and Francois

  12. skins716 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    dream team 2.0.. super bowl or bust

  13. kcflake says: Mar 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    Good Luck in San Fran Glenn Dorsey. This is one Chiefs Fan that will be cheering You on.

  14. lyfestiles206 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    The guy clearly doesn’t fit a 3-4 and a 3-4 team signs him. Nice signing San Fran.

  15. shawnc16 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:42 PM

    skins716 says:Mar 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    dream team 2.0.. super bowl or bust

    dreamteam ?

    No offense but your comment makes no sense. The niners haven’t went out and signed a bunch of big name free agents like the eagles did.

    Hell they have only added 2 players, and neither was a blockbuster deal, so how would they be a dreamteam (a collection of free agents)?

  16. thestillcity says: Mar 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    Seems like Niners and Chiefs fans will have quite a few mutual interests this year.

    Makes me wonder if Tomsula thinks he can play enough NT in base formations to get the job done. He will certainly be a better spell for Justin Smith and Ray McDonald in the Nickel than what the team had last year.

    Certainly a top talent coming out of college. I’d say it’s a perfect gamble with this coaching staff and supporting cast.

  17. cometkazie says: Mar 13, 2013 3:45 PM

    Glenn and Ricky were teammates at LSU.

  18. hopper15 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:45 PM

    Don’t care what happened in KC. He’ll be coached up by one of the best DLine coaches in football with Jim Tomsula.

    Doesn’t hurt that he’ll have Justin Smith to help him out as well.

  19. holdthebeans says: Mar 13, 2013 3:45 PM

    Well to the Pioli hater in the first post Scott didn’t draft Dorsey so it wasn’t “another Pioli disaster”. One would think you folks would know what your talking about before squealing.

    That said Dorsey has been nothing but a run stuffer. He has no pass rush moves at all. He will do what he does that. Don’t expect much more.

  20. jikkle49 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m sure both sides wouldn’t have agreed to a deal if they thought he was going to be misused.

    I recall Justin Smith and Patrick Willis were initially thought of as miscasts in a 3-4 but it wound up working all right for him.

    Also Jim Tomsula is one of the finest defensive line coaches in the league so if there is something to be coached up there he’ll find it.

  21. holdthebeans says: Mar 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    You niners should go ahead and trade up with KC to the number one pick and get ya Star. Smith aint getting any younger and you got the picks . Get on the horn with Dorsey, the other one, and get it worked out. lol

  22. disp2 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:48 PM

    Love the “Dream Team” comments. Dorsey is the first free agent the 49ers have even signed, yet they’ve already lost 3 players, and probably 4 by the end of the day.

  23. niner650 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:50 PM

    I like how when a good team like the Niners make a few moves then everyone starts referring them to the “Dream Team”.
    Philly had not much of a core whereas the Niners have a lot of depth. It’s more like reloading in the positions where they have a need. And it’s not like they are breaking the bank.
    I think this is a good signing and already is an upgrade at DT regardless of whether or not they choose to address it in the draft.

  24. travishenryskid says: Mar 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    Amazing when a guy dominates like he did in college and is just a guy in the NFL. I thought he was going to have a career like Warren Sapp. Not all top 5 picks are created equal, but the way he dominated, he would’ve been top 5 any year.

  25. rawgee says: Mar 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    Last season, the niners played their base defense with three linemen about one-third of the time. He’ll fit in fine.

  26. germanstingray says: Mar 13, 2013 3:54 PM

    Ow do you spell draft bust? D-O-R-S-E-Y

  27. mikeinsanfran says: Mar 13, 2013 3:54 PM

    1. Niners played +65% of their defensive snaps in 2012 with a 4 man front (Their Nickle/Dime package).
    2. Playing next to Justin and Aldon Smith means a lot of 1 on 1’s.
    3. Niners have good defensive coaches. They will figure out how to use him.
    4. He only needs to be the 9th or 10th best player on our defense, not the top 5 overall draft pick. Win win.

  28. psilenttype says: Mar 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    Welcome to a real defense!

  29. mikeinsanfran says: Mar 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    jikkle49 – You nailed it. Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Novarrow Bowman, Ray McDonald and Aldon Smith were all supposed to be 4-3 defensive scheme guys and miscast in a 3-4. Now they just have +10 all pros and pro bowl births between them.

  30. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    The Niners just keep getting better and better. Can’t wait to see what they do in the draft. That front seven is going to be even more ATROCIOUS than it was last year, tearing teams apart limb by limb.

  31. holdthebeans says: Mar 13, 2013 3:59 PM

    Dorsey came out in the nickel when he was healthy. He’s a run stuffer and that is all.

  32. bigchief816 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    Not an NT…the Chiefs kept shuffling in bodies to try and find their NT, finally drafting D. Poe last year. Why wouldn’t he go to a 4-3 system??? Okay run stopper but not living up to his potential at DE and nagging injuries last year was tough to watch. Wish him the best however.

  33. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    Another low risk, high reward signing. Keep it up Baalke. This guy was a beast in college. Should help out in run defense and goal line. Did he ever show any signs in KC that he could get after the QB? Good luck Alex in KC, I think he will play well there.

  34. shutupyouhack says: Mar 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    Anyone know what the money looks like? Whether or not this is a good or bad pickup depends on it.

  35. bigchief816 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    No QB pressure at all!!! Name never showed in stats…just occupied space. Appeared to be a hard worker but nothing close to what you saw in college. Major disappointment in KC, even with Romeo…we thought #72 was a God send when we drafted him…nothing but average.

  36. lyfestiles206 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    Folks are saying that Dorsey will be fine in a 3-4 because SF played a lot of 4 man fronts. Yet I recall in the playoffs a lot of talk about how SF played their base D more than any team in the league. Can someone please explain how both are possible?

  37. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    He was a huge disappointment in the pros after he looked so dominant at LSU.

    Once again the 9ers are lighting up the offseason scoreboard, following in the Eagles footsteps.

  38. 49er33 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    A top 5 DT in Dorsey that played with in LSU RJF who was a 7th rounder? Should be interesting what Tomsula can get out of this guy

  39. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 4:12 PM

    How can this move possibly stop Chip Kellys intricate offense? The answer is that it cant.

  40. moosington says: Mar 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    Word is that he would be used as a NT with the Niners, and could also fill in at DT if necessary. All he really needs to be is a run stuffer and eat up blocks.

  41. tlmoon2112 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    Im a big Niner fan and even I didnt realize that they needed a trombone player!!

  42. goldrush36 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:18 PM

    I think this is a solid pickup for depth and rotation if nothing else. Just remember the same negatives were said about Justin Smith and look how that turned out

  43. bigchief816 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:24 PM

    It will be interesting to see what $$$ he got for depth.

  44. flyeredup says: Mar 13, 2013 4:36 PM

    And Jim Harbaugh still thinks Craptree was held.. Whiners 8-8 this year

  45. asyoulay69 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    We got a good deal baby. Go 49ers.

  46. gumbyn28 says: Mar 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    hallirish – you obviously aren’t a very informed Chiefs fan if you think that Dorsey was a “Pioli pick”.
    Carl Peterson is the one that drafted this guy 5th overall, not Pioli.

    as far as being “miscast” in the KC 3-4, he was playing DE. moving him to NT in a 3-4 is even more “miscast”.

    i liked him as a player, though, solid against the run, he was never asked to get after the passer, so i don’t hold that against him.

  47. qcsfinest704 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:35 PM

    Dorsey knows you cant call yourself a Chief when you only win 2 dam games! He can now fit in with the best team in the NFL.

    Baltimore fans and haters can eat a di……

    49ers fan since Steve Deberg was the QB.

  48. gerard33 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    get ready to be disappointed, SF… and I don’t say that as a troll, not at all. with all due respect and more (i admire glen dorsey a lot), i have no idea why 49ers fans think he’s such a good football player. he doesn’t have the size or the explosion.

    I truly hope he succeeds, but i would be stunned if he did.

  49. gerard33 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:47 PM

    glen at Nose Tackle?? Are you kidding me?? some of you have absolutely no idea what you’re getting

  50. ninerider says: Mar 14, 2013 2:58 AM

    Yeah I doubt he’ll play NT. He will play DT when the nineteen are in a 4-3 look. He is better then anything we’ve lost on our line so I’m fine with the signing. I am interested in seeing the numbers though. Miners will still take a DT in the 1st round.

  51. jjackwagon says: Mar 14, 2013 9:15 AM

    Love all the 9er homers thinking this guy is something special. CHiefs thought the same thing when they drafted him. But listen, if he didn’t flourish in a system with Romeo freakin’ Crennel as the DC, it’s because he just aint…that…good.

  52. jebdamone says: Mar 15, 2013 12:09 PM

    this is a great signing by the niners. they play a decent about of 4-3 too so he should fit in better. Dorsey was the one guy that i was hoping the vikings would make a run at this offseason.

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