Chargers sign veteran edge-rusher

    Bud Dupree‘s recent visit with the Chargers has produced an agreement. The veteran edge-rusher has signed a deal with Los Angeles, his agency announced on Saturday.

    Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports this two-year agreement has a base value of $6M. The pact can reach a maximum of $10M, he adds. Dupree had a few other suitors, something which no doubt helped his leverage in negotiations with Los Angeles.

    The former Steeler and Falcon was reported to be on both Pittsburgh and Atlanta’s radar when news of his Chargers visit came out earlier this week. Rather than returning to one of his old teams, the 31-year-old will head to a new environment this season. Dupree will provide the Bolts with another veteran presence off the edge to complement Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack.

    Both Bosa and Mack agreed to restructures this offseason to remain in the fold for 2024. The period leading up to free agency required new general manager Joe Hortiz to make a number of cost-cutting moves to achieve cap compliance. Efforts on that front were ultimately punctuated by the release of Mike Williams and the trade sending fellow wideout Keenan Allen to the Bears after talks on a new contract did yield a resolution. Those moves paved the way for the Bosa-Mack pairing to remain intact atop the depth chart.

    ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler notes a return to the Steelers was a “strong consideration” on Dupree’s part. Pittsburgh already has T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith in place as starters along the edge, something which would have limited Dupree’s usage in Pittsburgh. In Los Angeles, that same issue could arise if Bosa and Mack remain healthy, something the former has had an issue with over each of the past two years.

    Los Angeles ranked sixth in the league in sacks last season (48), faring far better in that regard than Atlanta did. The Falcons relied on Dupree as a key member of their edge contingent, and he tied for the team lead in sacks with 6.5. His running mate in that regard – Calais Campbell – remains unsigned. Dupree’s 2023 performance represented his most productive one since 2020, his last season with the Steelers.

    The former first-rounder faced major expectations with the Titans following his Pittsburgh stint. Dupree underwhelmed in Tennessee, however, recording just seven sacks in two years with the team. That led to his release and a one-year, $3M Falcons deal last offseason. Dupree has now parlayed his bounce-back campaign into a multi-year Chargers pact.

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