KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — General manager John Dorsey huddled with the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs' personnel department long into the night, evaluating just about every player that had been waived by rival teams.
Hundreds of them had just reached the market, and by having the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, the Chiefs had the priority in claiming any of them. So it was up to Dorsey and his trusted lieutenants to evaluate each of them in mere hours, and then snag the ones they wanted for the roster.
The result was seven new players joining the Chiefs on Monday, all trying frantically to get up to speed even as the rest of the team prepared for their season opener Sunday at Jacksonville.
"The first year," Dorsey said, "sometimes this is what you have to do to move forward."
Indeed, Dorsey and new coach Andy Reid have led a nearly unprecedented overhaul of the roster. Of the 53 players who reported to practice, 30 of them weren't a part of the 2-14 debacle that landed the Chiefs the top pick in the draft — and the luxury of waiver-wire priority.
That includes all three quarterbacks and all the tight ends. Just three of the 10 defensive backs and two of their six wide receivers were also on the roster last season.
As for linebacker, well, making the Pro Bowl turned into a prerequisite. Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston each earned a trip to Hawaii last year, and they're the only ones among the nine linebackers who are back with Kansas City this season.
"From the beginning, in January, we said we would turn over every stone possible," Dorsey said, "and the positive is by being the first pick in the draft, we have the first pick in the waiver claims. It's a very unique situation. Hopefully it will never happen again."
The churning of the bottom part of the Chiefs' roster began Saturday, when they waived 22 players to reach the NFL's 53-man limit. Trading linebacker Edgar Jones to the Cowboys for a draft pick later Saturday opened up another roster spot.
Once that purging was complete, Dorsey had an idea of what players had become available.
He said during an interview Monday that his staff worked until about 2 a.m. Sunday before taking a break to catch a couple hours' sleep. They reconvened at 6 a.m. and kept evaluating video, knowing full well they would get whomever they claimed by virtue of their spot in the pecking order.
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