Glenn Dorsey is entering the final year of his contract. With his restructured deal, Tyson Jackson is essentially in the same position. Both of the Kansas City Chiefs starting defensive ends in their base defense are in what should be considered contract seasons, and while the spotlight will be on each and how they perform in 2012, it's also interesting to see what the Chiefs have in potential replacements. Allen Bailey is definitely one to watch on that list.
The Chiefs drafted Bailey out of Miami (Fl.) in the third round in 2011, and it was clear by year's end that Romeo Crennel was learning how to use him well. Bailey often looked as good as anyone along the line in sub-package sets and he's likely to see increased time in 2012.
"Chiefs DE Allen Bailey is expected to see an expanded role this season after coming off the bench for most of his rookie year," writes Pro Football Weekly. "Bailey can play either left or right end and will rotate in as a pass-rushing replacement for starters Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. With both Jackson and Dorsey nearing the end of their contracts, Bailey could be in line for a starting job in 2013 if he proves himself this coming season."
Last year, Bailey had 10 tackles and one sack, but no end in the Chiefs 3-4 set is going to earn major stats as a pass rusher. Bailey was earning praise last season and it's likely that he factors heavily into the Chiefs future plans at the position and what they might do with Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson.
The Chiefs, of course, could use all three players if possible. Every NFL defensive line needs several rotational players, so it's not as if a player has to go. But given the high price tag of keeping all parties involved, it might force a bit of turnover along the line. At the very least, Bailey's presence gives the Chiefs a salve to consider as they look at a future with or without both Jackson and Dorsey.