Many Chiefs fans were hopeful that the team would be able to resign three-time Pro Bowler Melvin Ingram this offseason. Surprisingly, it would be the Dolphins that would land Ingram’s services on a one-year deal up to as much as $5 million dollars. Not to be outdone, Kansas City signed veteran pass-rusher Carlos Dunlap on July 28th and this move could be crucial for the Chiefs 2022 defense.

While it’s evident that Ingram’s addition midway through the 2021 season helped spearhead the Chiefs’ turnaround, it’s very likely the team will be even better off with Dunlap. Both players are the same age (33) and both signed similar deals (Dunlap’s deal could be worth up to $8 million with incentives).

Why Dunlap could be a perfect fit in KC

  • Recency matters. While Ingram injected life into the Chiefs defense last season, he ended the year with only a single sack. Carlos Dunlap managed 8.5 for the Seahawks and remained healthy throughout.
  • Dunlap has had the better overall career. Dunlap has amassed an unbelievable 96 sacks in his 12 year career to Ingram’s 51. He’s just been a rock-solid player for his entire career in many respects.
  • DE rotation will be key. The Chiefs are not going to overwhelm anyone with a single prolific pass rusher in 2022. Being able to rotate capable bodies will be of utmost importance especially with rookie George Karlaftis in the fold. You would like to see solid production from Frank Clark, of course, along with continued development from Joshua Kaindoh and Mike Danna.
  • Super Bowl aspirations. Dunlap said that joining the Chiefs was “an educated decision” and that at this point in his career he wants to win playoff games and a Super Bowl.

Overall, it’s easy to see why Chiefs fans are excited about this signing. Clearly, many were pining for Ingram to return after the impact he made last season but it’s entirely possible that the Chiefs (slightly) traded up in this scenario.

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