According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks will be cutting veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap today.
Seahawks are releasing Carlos Dunlap today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2021
Seattle acquired Dunlap in the middle of last season for BJ Finney and a 2021 7th round pick and he was one of, if not the most productive pass rusher on the Seahawks defense for the second half of the season.
Dunlap had one extra year remaining on his contract when the Seahawks acquired him, and he was due to carry a cap hit of $14,037,500 with a dead cap number of $0 if cut. So, John Schneider and the Seahawks decision-makers figured that Dunlap, at his age and with the current cap situation, was not worth the $14 million price tag for one more season.
There has been talk that the team is hopeful about re-signing the 32-year-old but on a cheaper rate, but it’s just as possible that Dunlap finds a new home at a deal he wants.
Now Seattle has that approximately $14 million to spend this offseason to possibly protect Russell Wilson with an offensive lineman free agent signing, or spend elsewhere.
But this probably isn’t the news you wanted to hear to kick off an new week.