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Chargers release former starting tackle King Dunlap

Chargers release former starting tackle King Dunlap
King Dunlap sits on the Chargers' bench during a Dec. 11 game against the Carolina Panthers. (Bob Leverone / Associated Press)

The Chargers are releasing veteran tackle King Dunlap.

Dunlap, who started all 46 games he appeared in over four seasons with the team, was arrested this summer for violating a restraining order. He was also due a $500,000 roster bonus later this week.

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Dunlap became expendable when the Chargers signed free-agent Russell Okung, 31, to a four-year deal to become their starting left tackle. With Dunlap’s release, the Chargers save approximately $5 million in salary-cap space.

Dunlap's the second starter from the team's offensive line to be released this offseason, joining former first-round pick D.J. Fluker who signed a deal with the New York Giants.

The Chargers also announced that tight end Asante Cleveland, an exclusive rights free agent, signed his tender.

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