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What To Realistically Expect From San Francisco 49ers’ Glenn Dorsey

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey (72) gestures during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

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Glenn Dorsey was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. With the loss of Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois, the need to add a defensive lineman by the team was a must. Yet the signing of Dorsey, who spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, is a bit puzzling.

Dorsey came into the NFL as a highly touted prospect out of LSU. So touted was Dorsey that he was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. Fast forward to today, and Dorsey ended his time as a Chiefs player being viewed as a bust who failed to live up to his hype and potential.

One of the reasons for his failure was that the Chiefs shifted from a 4-3 front seven alignment to a 3-4 alignment. That fact alone makes me wonder as a 49ers fan why Dorsey was signed.

Certainly, adding a player who has the ability to play both the the defensive end and tackle slots in a 3-4 alignment is a good thing, given that you can never have enough bodies. That said, the fact that he never seemed to grasp or feel comfortable playing in the 3-4 while in Kansas City has me wondering if the 49ers can realistically expect for him to be anything other than a backup.

For 49ers fans, expectations of what to expect from Dorsey should not be that high. As much as we as fans every free agent signing and/or draft pick to be great and produce, the fact is that some acquisitions do not pan out to be so great. Instead of trying to figure out if Dorsey will end up being a gem of a pick-up, the expectations from him should be that he will be nothing more than just a serviceable backup.

Anything above and beyond that will only be an added bonus for the team.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing San Francisco 49ers writer for RantSports.com. You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can also add him to your circle and network on Google+.