Undrafted out of Brigham Young University in 2014, Daniel Sorensen has been a Safety for the Kansas City Chiefs going on 6 years now. If you have ever wondered the type of impact Andy Reid has on players, take a look at this quote from after Sorensen did not hear his named called on draft day in 2014:
After going undrafted, Sorensen received calls and offers from multiple teams, but stated he chose to accept the Chiefs’ offer because they showed they really wanted him by having head coach Andy Reid call him personally.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Sorensen
Sorensen would soon find his way to One Arrowhead Drive and sign a 2 year contract worth $930,000 on May 11th, 2014. He was understandably buried on the depth chart, but slowly started to appear more as his career went on. We all know he missed a significant part of last season due to a knee injury. Below are #49’s career stats:
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While the numbers aren’t flashy, for an undrafted player the club felt Sorensen had certainly became a contributor on the D, enough that before the 2017 season this happened:
On March 11, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Sorensen to a four-year, $16 million contract extension that includes a $4 million signing bonus.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Sorensen
After Eric Berry tore his Achilles tendon during the first game of the 2017 season, Sorensen became a starter and had a career high 88 tackles. Sharing the Safety duties with Ron Parker, for the most part he held his own, until the knee injury derailed the start of his 2018 season. Activated from the IR in early November last year, #49 would again slowly work his way back to the starting lineup, then put together a dominant showing in the playoffs for the team. Yet not all fans are sold on Daniel making the roster this season.
Seeing as how the Chiefs no longer have Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton and Eric Berry has been released, is it possible that Sorensen is the next player to hit the road? Juan Thornhill has been having a strong showing at camp, but do they turn the rookie loose as a starter alongside Tyrann Mathieu?
If this is the end of the road for Sorensen in a Kansas City Chiefs jersey, I just want to leave it with one highlight here:
So Arrowhead Guys and Gals, when it comes to Dirty Dan, is the hate justified?