Free-agent LT on the market at what one would think would be a not-outrageous salary:
For the first time in his seven-year career, San Diego Chargers left tackle King Dunlap played a full 16-game season.
So it's no surprise 2014 was Dunlap's most productive season in the NFL. He played 1000 snaps, giving up 3 sacks on 625 pass plays this season according to Pro Football Focus.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said Dunlap belonged in the Pro Bowl.
At 29 years old, Dunlap should head into free agency in March as San Diego's top priority this offseason. Dunlap signed a two-year, $3.95 million contract during the 2013 offseason as a project. He exceeded expectations by cementing his status as San Diego's left tackle for two seasons.
29 years old puts him in his prime, mature years in the NFL. Just completed a very successful season (according to PFF). He faced some very good DE/OLB's in the AFC West like Von Miller, Justin Houston and still only gave up 3 sacks.
Sign a guy like this (or some other LT very like him) for a reasonable salary and still draft another OT in the draft to give us even more depth and we wouldn't have to start a rookie at LT (or Bell for another year).
Anyone else know any other competent free agent LTs for 2015? Dunlap is the only one I've heard about so far.
I'd take that in the first 3 rounds, though I'd probably rather have WR Stefon Diggs from Maryland, WR Devin Smith from Ohio State, or WR Justin Hardy from East Carolina with that 2nd round pick rather than Greene. Greene just doesn't add the downfield speed I think we need to complement KB and Olsen.