Former Chargers OT King Dunlap retires from NFL

Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) works against San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) works against San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Former Los Angeles Chargers tackle King Dunlap has officially retired from the NFL after playing eight seasons.

A familiar face from the AFC West has officially called retired from the NFL as King Dunlap makes it official that he will not be signing anywhere to play for the 2017 season.

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Dunlap has been a familiar face on the Chargers offensive line for the last four seasons, starting 46 games in that time as the primary blindside blocker for Philip Rivers. Dunlap will also be very familiar for Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid who was his first ever NFL head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, where Dunlap spent the first half of his career.

Dunlap started 12 games in his final season with the Eagles which enabled him to attract interest from the Chargers in free agency back in the spring of 2013. Instead of following Reid to the Chiefs, he instead signed with their division rivals and has been tasked with blocking Justin Houston and company ever since.

After his first two years with the Chargers, the team signed him to a new four-year, $28 million extension that would keep him in town through the 2018 season, but earlier this year, in March, they decided to release him outright. The Chargers now have former Broncos left tackle Russell Okung in his place.

Overall, an eight year career is an above average span and playing career for any player, let alone a former seventh rounder.