Everyone and their mother talks about the Kansas City Chiefs offense and for good reason.
But it’s the defense that will likely define how far they go in 2022.
That’s because the defensive side of the ball has underwent some major changes this offseason. Gone are long-time veterans like Tyrann Mathieu, Charvarius Ward, and Anthony Hitchens – among others. In their stead is an influx of youth and rookie draft picks expected to step up and make Steve Spagnuolo’s unit a respectable one.
Well, the Chiefs added more help on Thursday in the form of Pro Bowl pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. Per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the Chiefs inked Dunlap to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million.
Veteran DE Carlos Dunlap is signing a one-year deal worth up to $8 million with the KC Chiefs, his agent @DrewJRosenhaus confirmed.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2022
This is a big deal for the Chiefs and it immediately bolsters a pass rush that had some rather big questions surrounding it. Can Frank Clark finally get back on track? Will George Karlaftis live up to his first-round billing? Who steps up behind them and provides depth?
Those questions, while shouldn’t be set to the side by any means, are now tampered down, dramatically, with the addition of Dunlap.
And Dunlap could very well be the missing piece that gets the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl.
That’s because he brings 12 seasons of NFL experience that include two Pro Bowls, 96.0 sacks, 255 quarterback hits, 117 tackles for loss, 21 forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Dunlap currently has the eighth-most sacks among active NFL players.
Expect him to come in and compete with both Karlaftis and Clark for a starting spot on the Chiefs roster. And if he can’t win a starting job, he will make an extremely solid depth player that also gives the Chiefs one of the stronger pass rushing trios in the league.
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