According to NFL Network's Peter Schrager, the
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers have released former starting left tackle King Dunlap. They did this after making former Broncos left tackle Russell Okung one of the highest-paid left tackles in the entire NFL.
Dunlap signed a four-year extension to stay with the Chargers and Mike McCoy back in 2015 when he signed a four-year, $28 million dollar deal.
The veteran left tackle is entering his 9th year in the league(31 years old) and has been a capable left tackle for the Chargers for the past four years. Last season, he played in 12 games for the Chargers and allowed four sacks in 12 starts for them. He also received a 60.4 grade from Pro Football Focus.
He might not be the sexiest or best option, but he is a proven tackle with 65 career starts under his belt.
Now he has dealt with some injuries the past few years. He has missed a total of 14 games during the past two years for the Chargers who had players dropping like flies due to injury along the offensive line. These injuries likely hampered his play some but if healthy, Dunlap has proven he can be a capable left tackle in this league.
As we know, the Broncos currently do not have a pure left tackle on their roster. Donald Stephenson had to accept a pay cut to stay with the team, and oft-injured and recently signed Menelik Watson is likely competing for the starting right tackle job. So Dunlap would add a veteran presence and hopefully a stable left tackle for the Broncos as they enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
He is not the best option, but Dunlap has played for Mike McCoy in the past so he knows his offense. He is also the best the Broncos will do at left tackle without exploring the trade market for tackle and that route likely will not come cheap. With very few tackle options left on the market and a weak tackle class in the draft, I do not see many teams trading away a starting caliber tackle if they have one.
So what do you think Mile High Report? Should the Broncos be interested in signing King Dunlap, or should they pass and just address the position in the early rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft?