Chargers left tackle King Dunlap’s roster spot was already in question coming into the offseason. Dunlap, who’s missed several games over the past two seasons due to injuries, is now dealing with another issue.
According to NFL.com, veteran King Dunlap was arrested on suspicion of violating a protective order in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday night. According to the report, police officers allegedly responded to a domestic disturbance call involving Dunlap and his girlfriend.
Worrick Robinson, Dunlap’s attorney, gave a statement regarding the situation, per WKRN-TV Nashville.
“This event was a misunderstanding between the parties as to what was allowed under the order. They had been discussing a joint resolution. This was not an egregious event, but two parties trying to come to a mutual understanding. Unfortunately a literal reading of the order meant absolutely no contact, and we trust the facts will resolve all issues in a favorable way for Mr. Dunlap.”
Dunlap, who was part of a 31st-ranked offensive line in 2016, turns 32 years old in September. After playing at a high level for the first two years as a Charger, which included playing a full season for the first time in his eight-year career in 2014, Dunlap was rewarded with a four-year, $28 million contract extension ($13 million guaranteed) in the 2015 offseason.
Unfortunately, his play dropped off. Not only that, but he’s missed 13 games over the past two seasons.
Dunlap has a base salary of $5.75 million in 2017. The Chargers could save $4.8 million if he is released. As much as Dunlap failed to stay healthy, he’s the only option at this point, but that could change. Look for the Chargers to select a tackle in the first three rounds of the NFL draft or even add a younger veteran like Kelvin Beachum, who’s option was recently declined by the Jacksonville Jaguars.