Bunkley anchored the middle of the line of a defense that made record improvement in 2013. His 24 tackles didn’t tell the tale of his sturdy play in the middle for a defense that surrendered 134.4 less net yards per game than in 2012. Originally a first round (14th overall) selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, the eight-year veteran’s played in 119 games with 90 starts with career totals of 361 tackles (208 solo), 8.5 sacks, nine passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.
NFL CAREER – Bunkley anchored the middle of the line of a defense that made record improvement in 2013. His 24 tackles didn’t tell the tale of his sturdy play in the middle for a defense that surrendered 134.4 less net yards per game than in 2012. Originally a first round (14th overall) selection in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, the eight-year veteran’s played in 119 games with 90 starts with career totals of 361 tackles (208 solo), 8.5 sacks, nine passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by Saints to a five-year contract (UFA-DEN), 3/21/12; Acquired by Denver Broncos from Philadelphia, 8/1/11; Signed by Philadelphia to a six-year contract, 8/4/06; Selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
2013 – Appeared in 12 games with 10 starts at nose tackle and recorded 24 tackles (11 solo)…Started both playoff contests and finished with eight stops (five solo)…Left season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8 with calf injury and was inactive for next four contests before returning to action at New England, Oct. 13…Played an important role in the interior for a defense that made one of the most impressive statistical turnarounds in NFL history, surrendering 134.4 fewer net yards per game and giving up 9.4 fewer points per game than in 2012. 2012 – Started all 15 games he appeared in for his first season as a Saint. Recorded 32 tackles (18 solo), 2.5 sacks for a loss of 8.5 yards and two passes defensed…Totaled a season-high seven stops (four solo) and split a sack with LB Scott Shanle in his Saints debut vs. Washington, Sept. 9…Registered one sack of Michael Vick on Monday Night Football vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5…Posted three tackles (one solo) and one pass defensed at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the season finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 30. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games with 13 starts at nose tackle in his first season with the Broncos…Finished with 43 tackles (33 solo)…Registered season-high five solo tackles vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 17…Played in both postseason contests with one start and totaled six tackles (four solo), a sack and a forced fumble…Recorded first career postseason sack in AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Pittsburgh, 1/8/12…Forced a fumble in AFC Divisional Playoff at New England, 1/14/12. 2010 – Played in 14 games with five starts in final season with the Philadelphia Eagles…Registered 34 tackles (20 solo) and a pass defensed…Ranked second on the team with five tackles for a loss…Made one tackle in NFC Wild Card playoff vs. Green Bay, 1/9/11…Missed two contests with an elbow injury, snapping a 47-game starting streak. 2009 – Started all 16 games and recorded 58 tackles (37 solo), a sack for minus four yards, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery…Tied for the team lead with six tackles for a loss…Registered four tackles in NFC Wild Card playoff at Dallas, 1/4/10. 2008 – Started all 16 games and finished with a career-high 82 tackles (46 solo) in addition to two sacks for minus one yard, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery…Started all three postseason contests and recorded 13 tackles (five solo). 2007 – Started all 15 games he appeared in and registered 75 tackles (35 solo) with a career-best three sacks for minus 20 yards and one fumble recovery…Recorded seven tackles (one solo) in his first career start at Green Bay, Sept. 9. 2006 – Appeared in 15 games in his rookie campaign and totaled 13 tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed…Played in both postseason contests but did not post any stats.
COLLEGE – Appeared in 44 career games with 22 starts as a four-year letterman at Florida State…Finished with 129 tackles and 11.5 sacks…Ranked fourth in school history with 37 tackles for a loss…Ranked second in the nation with 25 tackles for a loss in his senior season, the most in a season by a Seminole…Earned numerous All-American honors his senior year…Majored in social science.
PERSONAL – Attended Chamberlain (Tampa, Fla.) HS and was rated the state’s second-best DT by Florida Times-Union…Led team to the state finals with 18.5 sacks as a senior and was selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game…Born on Nov. 23, 1983 in Tampa, Fla.