Carlos Dunlap is generating interest on the open market. The veteran free agent edge rusher has received interest from teams and is “deciding on the best fit,” reports Doug Kyed of ProFootballFocus.com.
It’s been relatively quiet for Dunlap since getting released by the Seahawks back in March. A second reunion with Seattle was mentioned as a possibility, but we haven’t heard much on that front in months. The veteran also met with the Panthers earlier this month, but despite the two-day visit, Dunlap ended up leaving without a contract.
While the two-time Pro Bowler is getting up there in age, he could still be a useful depth piece. He got into all 17 games for the Seahawks last season, and while he only appeared in 38 percent of his team’s defensive snaps, he still managed to finish with 35 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus was particularly fond of his performance, ranking him 30th among 108 qualifying edge rushers. PFF also ranked the veteran 16th at the position for his run defense, and his pass-rush grade was above average, so while Dunlap may not have the stamina to be an every-down player, he still has the skills to play in most situations.
Who could be an option for Dunlap? Besides the Seahawks and Panthers, Kyed suggests that the Chiefs could be a fit. After losing Melvin Ingram III in free agency, Kansas City is currently eyeing Frank Clark and rookie George Karlaftis as their starting edge rushers. Dunlap might not necessarily supplant either of those two in the starting lineup, but he’d provide some experienced depth behind the duo.