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Chiefs GM John Dorsey: "We Aren't Going to Let Good Football Players Go"

Posted Feb 25, 2016

Dorsey addressed the media on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

As Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey took to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon, there were bound to be questions regarding some of the guys who are set to become free agents when the new league year begins on March 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT.

The Chiefs have until then to sign these players to new contracts, or they will be free to sign with another club.

Here’s a list of the guys scheduled to become free agents for the Chiefs.

Two of the players Dorsey was asked about specifically were safety Eric Berry and linebacker Derrick Johnson, who were both named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Dorsey provided an update on their status.

“Eric's agent and I have had really good discussions the last couple weeks,” Dorsey explained. “We will continue to build on those discussions as we speak. I'm scheduled to meet with him this weekend in Indianapolis. It’s a process.

“It will continually move on, and we'll see what happens when we get to that time.”

Berry was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after a season in which he was also named to the All-Pro team just a year removed beating cancer. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport told Chiefs.com that he doesn’t believe Berry will be going anywhere on Wednesday.

The deadline for the Chiefs and Berry to reach a deal is approaching as the two-week window for teams to apply the franchise tag is almost here, and it’s something Dorsey let everyone know he’s well aware of.

“I think the deadline is next Tuesday—probably 3 p.m. Central time,” he said in jest. “As we move forward here, I've used the franchise tag in the past. It’s not out of the possibility I could use it again. It all depends on how certain things go in the process, but you always want to have something in your pocket, and I can use that.”

Dorsey also provided an update on Johnson’s status.

“Truth be told, I had a meeting with his representative about three days ago,” he said, “and we will continue to have continual process with that. We’re going to move this thing forward. Any time you become the all-time leading tackler for the Chiefs, you know, we aren’t going to let good football players go in this thing.”

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