There you have it.
With a toothless pass rush and little signs of internal improvement, the Seattle Seahawks have made a move for help from the outside. On Wednesday, the Seahawks acquired disgruntled pass rusher Carlos Dunlap from the Bengals in exchange for a seventh-round pick and C/G B.J. Finney, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Compensation update: Seahawks are sending OL B.J. Finney and a 7th-round pick to the Bengals in exchange for DE Carlos Dunlap, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2020
Dunlap, 31, had become increasingly unhappy in recent days and a departure from Cincinnati seemed inevitable. Demoted from his regular role, Dunlap posted a photo of the Bengals’ defensive line rotations ahead of their Week 7 game to Instagram. After the Bengals’ loss, Dunlap then posted his house for sale on social media.
Though it got ugly, Dunlap got what he wanted—out of Cincinnati. As a result, Seattle too gets what they want and what they desperately need in the form of added pass rush. Making it an even better deal is the shedding of Finney’s salary, after he was brought in for decent money but failed to be a fit.
After 2020, Dunlap has one season left on his contract with a cap hit of $11.1 million, however, he can be released or traded with no dead money.
In a little over 10 seasons with the Bengals, Dunlap totaled 82.5 sacks, 227 QB hits, and 103 tackles for loss. Through seven games this year, in a reduced role, he has just one sack. Now, Dunlap will get a fresh start in Seattle.