Ex-Bengals and Seahawks DE Carlos Dunlap Agrees to 1-Year, $8M Chiefs Contract
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Carlos Dunlap will be the newest member of Sack Nation after officially agreeing a deal with the Chiefs on Thursday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the 33-year-old through his agent Drew Rosenhaus (who is Tyreek Hill’s agent as well) would sign a one-year contract worth $8M with the Chiefs. Like I said earlier today with the first report, According to our sources, the Chiefs had Huge interest in Dunlap and they didn’t want him to leave after his visit today.
Dunlap might be a late signing. However, The two-time Pro Bowler had played all 17 games for the Seattle Seahawks last season, even though he only appeared in 38% of his team’s defensive snaps, he still managed to finish with 35 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus ranked him 30th among 108 qualifying edge rushers.
Dunlap spent the past season and a half with the Seahawks after beginning his career with a decade-plus stint as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. Oh yeah, Dunlap returns to Cincy on December 4th to face his old team. I know Mike Brown ain’t happy about this move.
The 33-year-old Dunlap has also recorded 539 total tackles, 96 sacks, 69 passes defended, 21 forced fumbles and two interceptions in 180 career regular-season games.
The Chiefs are an excellent landing spot for Dunlap because he doesn’t have to be a focal point in order for the defense to be great in 2022. Just like Tamba Hali did from 2013 to 2017, Dunlap will affect the play, especially getting the other guys around him to play at their best.
Dunlap should also benefit from playing the Melvin Ingram role on our defensive line this season. Ingram left in free agency to the Miami Dolphins with Tyreek (who was traded).
With Dunlap, Chris Jones, who stated at camp today, “He’s worked out with Dunlap in Miami this off-season,” is going to command so much attention from opposing coaches that it opens up holes for other players on the Chiefs defensive line to rack up sacks. Imagine seeing Dunlap at LEO, Jones in the 1-tech role, Karlaftis in the 3-tech role, and Clark at REO. Guaranteed that sacks will come. Dunlap’s athleticism, pass rushing skills and run defense will be a huge asset for the team.
The Chiefs are taking steps to get even better on defense especially with Sack Nation in 2022 after Sack Nation finished 29th in the league in sacks last season. They are in an excellent position to once again own the West crown, getting back the Lamar Hunt Trophy, going for the Lombardi. No more Pressure Nation! SACK NATION IS BACK.
Carlos Dunlap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoSfdoWgTFo