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NFL Rumors: Jim Harbaugh, Chargers ‘Sold’ Bud Dupree on Contract; Updated Salary Cap | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 12, 2024

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The Los Angeles Chargers have signed free agent edge-rusher Bud Dupree to a two-year contract, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The deal includes $6 million total in base salary with a max value of $10 million.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler added that Dupree strongly considered going back to the Pittsburgh Steelers, his first NFL stop, before the Chargers sold him on the idea of sets alongside L.A. edge-rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack.

Per Over the Cap, the Chargers entered Sunday with $27,930,183 in cap space this season and $72,952,179 in 2025.

Assuming Dupree’s deal counts for roughly $3 million against the cap per season, then we can surmise that L.A. should have $24,930,183 left in cap space in 2024 and $69,952,179 the following year.

In other words, the Chargers are adding a quality pass-rusher to the mix without breaking the bank. It’s a smart move for the new Chargers’ regime, led by head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Joe Hortiz.

Last season, the 31-year-old Dupree amassed 6.5 sacks, 39 tackles and two forced fumbles over 16 starts for the Atlanta Falcons, his third NFL stop. He’s earned 53 sacks and 305 tackles for his career.

The ex-Kentucky star began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a first-round pick in 2015. His best year was in 2019, when he had 11.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and 69 tackles.

After the 2020 season, Dupree left in free agency for the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately, injuries marred his time in Nashville, where he missed six games in each of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

However, Dupree experienced a career resurgence in Atlanta, and now he’ll look to continue that positive momentum into L.A.

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