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Polumbus: Broncos should sign LT Dunlap, if McCoy signs off

San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) defends as quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is pressured by Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-19. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos filled a couple needs in free agency already on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball — guard, defensive tackle, and potentially right tackle.

But with a light free agent class of left tackles, and what looks to be an even lighter draft class at the position, the Broncos still have a hole on the anchor of the offensive line.

One possible option, however, still remains on the market: King Dunlap, whom “Polumbus & Cecil” co-host Tyler Polumbus said he would like to see the Broncos sign.

But with one condition: His former head coach with the San Diego Chargers, and current Denver offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy signs off on Dunlap.

“I want to go get King. He’s the best left tackle on the market. Flaws and all, whatever it is, he’s the best guy that we could possibly go get,” Polumbus said.

Polumbus said that though Dunlap can be exposed throughout the year at times, and “those moments could be bad enough that it makes you forget the rest of the season,” he thinks the 6-foot-9, 330 pound left tackle can legitimately start in the NFL still.

“When you look at the big picture of the entire year, his performance is usually at satisfactory level,” Polumbus said. “So, I do think the Denver Broncos should look very hard at signing him. I would sign him, conditional to Mike McCoy’s approval.”

However, 104.3 The Fan’s Chad Brown said the Broncos should leave Dunlap on the market and look elsewhere.

Brown, who was a coaching intern for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans when they played Dunlap in preseason matchups in the recent past, said he saw a guy two seasons ago that was “not as athletic” as earlier in his career, and just a season ago Dunlap had steeply declined.

“I think that would end up being a disappointing move in that Russel Okung kind of fashion — a guy who comes in with a bit of a name, a guy folks may know, but is on the decline and is not going to have the play on the field that folks are looking for,” Brown said.

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