After signing with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, defensive end Carlos Dunlap was not at Friday’s practice from the team’s training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The Chiefs say DE Carlos Dunlap is not here, but his absence is excused. Head coach Andy Reid will have more on this after practice.— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) July 29, 2022
After practice, Chiefs coach Andy Reid verified that Dunlap is currently excused from the team — and will be for the following three practices.
“Carlos won’t be here until — I think he gets here next Wednesday,” Reid announced. “He’s got some things he’s got to take care of before he gets up here. But he’ll work into the mix at the defensive end position, and it’s a nice addition. Obviously, he’s been doing this a while — and he can still roll. We look forward to bringing him into the mix and going.”
After the news of Dunlap’s visit materialized seemingly out of nowhere on Tuesday evening, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported Dunlap was visiting the Chiefs in the midst of estate arrangements for his late father.
Just spoke to free agent DE Carlos Dunlap on a layover in Atlanta on his way to visiting the #Chiefs. Dunlap says he may visit with KC late tonight (since his schedule is rushed due to plans to lay his father in his final resting estate), or start his visit tomorrow. 1/2— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 28, 2022
Carlos Dunlap Sr. reportedly passed away in January following an auto accident.
When Dunlap returns next week, Reid is confident that his presence will improve the team.
“He’s very smart, and he’s been around — obviously, he’s seen a lot,” the coach explained. “And [he] kind of knows what he’s looking for. He’s visited a couple of different teams. I think he liked what he saw — and we liked what we saw. So [we] signed him up.
“You add the experience. He and [Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones] work out at the same place — so they know each other. There’ll be a familiar face when he comes in, at least. He brings some senior leadership in there — and experience.”