King Dunlap and Chargers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2015

USA Today

Looking to shore up their offensive line, the San Diego Chargers announced Friday night that they agreed to a four-year deal with left tackle King Dunlap, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent March 10.

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Dunlap Contract Details Revealed

Tuesday, Feb. 24

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported details on Dunlap's contract:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Chargers deal with LT King Dunlap is pretty strong. 4 years, $13M in guarantees, $28M total. His signing bonus is $6.5M. Teams are spending

Dunlap and Chargers Agree to New Contract

Friday, Feb. 20

Dunlap has agreed to a four-year contract with the Chargers.

"I am glad to be back with the Chargers organization," Dunlap said in a press release on the team's website. "I can't say thank you enough to [team president] Dean Spanos, as well as [general manager] Tom Telesco, Coach [Mike] McCoy and Coach Joe D [D'Alessandris] for helping this day to arrive. It's an honor and a blessing and I'm ready to get back to work."

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the deal is worth $28 million over four years. He added that re-signing Dunlap "is the first of what will be multiple measures this offseason to surround quarterback Philip Rivers with additional help."

Rivers also spoke about Dunlap's deal with Marty Caswell of The Mighty 1090:

Marty Caswell @MartyCaswell

Rivers on King Dunlap signing "I thought it was huge. It was the first thing that had to be done this season. I was super pumped."

San Diego wasn't particularly strong up front last year. According to Football Outsiders, the Chargers ranked 16th in pass protection and 31st in run blocking.

Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus noted, however, that Dunlap's second-half performance offered encouraging signs for what he can do in 2015:

Nathan Jahnke @PFF_NateJahnke

King Dunlap back with the Chargers. He didn't allow a sack in each of his last seven games. He is also a decent run blocker.

With D.J. Fluker on the right side of the offensive line, it would seem that the Chargers have the two tackles they'll build around for next year and beyond.

Some experts have had San Diego targeting a tackle in the first round of the 2015 draft, but the team will almost certainly target a different position with Dunlap still on board.