Considering that he has averaged 8.1 sacks per season since the Bengals drafted him in the second round out of Florida in 2010, he appears to be on track.
Just two players, ninth-year veterans Clark Harris and Kevin Huber, have been with the team longer than Dunlap and fellow eighth-year cats Andre Smith, Cedric Peerman, Adam Jones, Pat Sims and Michael Johnson.
Yet it almost seems like yesterday that he set the Bengals’ rookie sack record with 9.5.
“Coming in, one of the first things that I did was look up the average NFL career because everybody says that NFL stands for ‘Not For Long,’” Dunlap said. “I looked up the average and it was like 3 ½ years or something like that. To get to eight years is amazing.
“It feels like it has flown by. It feels like it’s been three or four years.”
The Bengals' training camp begins at 3 p.m. on the fields west of Paul Brown Stadium. Gates open to fans at 2:30, and admission is free.