8-Year Chiefs Veteran Poached by Saints

Getty Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen.

The Kansas City Chiefs have officially lost a tenured veteran from their defensive secondary.

Safety Daniel Sorensen has signed with the New Orleans Saints, per the team.

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Sorensen entered the NFL undrafted in 2014 out of BYU. The Chiefs took a flyer on him in May of that year and he has remained in Kansas City until now.

During his eight years with the Chiefs, Sorensen played in 111 regular-season games, and started in 39 of those games, accumulating 314 tackles, 33 passes defended, and 12 interceptions, per Pro Football Reference. He also played in 15 total playoffs games and started in 10 of them — including both of the team’s last two Super Bowl appearances — recording 49 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Overall, Sorensen has been a polarizing figure within Chiefs Kingdom. He’s had many memorable plays, such as the fourth-down stop against the Houston Texans during the divisional game in 2020 in which Sorensen tackled now-Chiefs safety Justin Reid in the backfield on a fake punt.

However, his play during the 2021 season, specifically, had fans turning against the 32-year-old safety.

Nevertheless, Sorensen’s ability to become a pivotal part of Kansas City’s secondary for the better part of a decade after going undrafted is a well-respected accomplishment.

Twitter Reacts to Sorensen Signing With Saints

Twitter users reacted to Sorensen signing with the Saints.

Daniel Sorensen got a lot of fans’ ire toward the end of his #Chiefs career — but getting 8 years from an undrafted player is impressive. Showed out in the Divisional rounds of Chiefs Super Bowl runs, but it was indeed time,” Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride wrote. 

“What if I told you the former Chiefs safety to sign with the Saints would be Daniel Sorensen and not Tyrann Mathieu?” Carrington Harrison of 610SportsKC wrote.

“Say what you want about Daniel Sorensen but he had a knack for coming up with huge plays when the team needed them,” another user wrote.

“daniel sorensen and taysom hill are going to unlock their byu potential now that they are teamed up,” another user wrote.

“Daniel Sorensen is a solid pick up for New Orleans. Sorensen started 39 games in eight years for the Kansas City Chiefs. The former super bowl champion provides great depth at the position, and has been a key component to the Chiefs defense throughout years,” another user wrote.

“I was okay with the Honey Badger. I was okay with Tyreek Hill. But as a Chief’s fan, the Chiefs cutting Daniel Sorensen is too far, I think I speak for everyone when we say we are following Tyreek,” another user wrote.

Chiefs Safety Room Taking Shape

With Sorensen and two-time team MVP Tyrann Mathieu entering free agency this offseason, there were questions as to how Kansas City would address their safety room heading into the 2022 season. The organization answered those questions on Day 1 of the legal tampering period when they signed former Texans safety Justin Reid to a three-year, $31.5 million deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Chiefs also signed former Chicago Bears safety Deon Bush to a one-year deal on March 23, per Schefter. Reid and Bush join a safety room in Kansas City that also includes Juan Thornhill and Devon Key.

Mathieu, the league’s top free-agent safety this offseason, has yet to sign with another team. Armani Watts, also a free agent, has yet to sign with another team as well.


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