When the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals square off on December 4 at Paul Brown Stadium, there will be a familiar face on the KC sideline.

The Chiefs signed former Bengals pass rusher Carlos Dunlap to a one-year deal on Thursday, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dunlap played for Cincinnati from 2010 to 2020. He was selected by the Bengals with the No. 54 overall pick (second round) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Dunlap has been a remarkably consistent player throughout his career.

The former Florida standout has only had two seasons in his career with fewer than seven sacks. You can essentially count on seven to nine sacks from Dunlap on an annual basis.

That’s going to be important for Kansas City. One of the biggest reasons the Chiefs failed to reach the Super Bowl last season was because of their inconsistent pass rush, something that was extremely evident in their loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship game.

Kansas City only managed to sack Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow one time. That’s despite the fact that Burrow was sacked an average of six times in the Bengals’ three other playoff games.

The signing of Dunlap feels like a direct response to that playoff loss to the Bengals.

Kansas City didn’t make any other free agent moves this offseason to bolster their pass rush (they did draft Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft). Adding Dunlap isn’t just a solid move — it was a necessary move for a team that simply didn’t get after the quarterback enough last season.

Is this the move that can get the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl? Maybe. Maybe not. But there’s no denying that Cincinnati is one of the main reasons Kansas City made this move.

By the way, it’s a bit of a strange coincidence that the Chiefs are signing a former Bengals player to combat an issue that was highlighted by the Bengals.

Sports, as always, remain weird.

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