After several weeks of uncertainty, the Cincinnati Bengals have solved the situation with their disgruntled star. The Bengals have traded defensive and Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks just days before the trade deadline.
This is only the second in-season trade for the Bengals since 1985. Dunlap had been calling out team ownership on justice issues as well as organizational construction. That was the start of the rift. He also posted pictures on his social media of the depth chart and said that he “doesn’t have time for this”
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
The Seahawks have lacked real defensive line production this season. They now have one answer to a big problem. Dunlap, 31, was a Bengal for 10 seasons since being drafted as a second-rounder in 2010. The 6-foot-6 280 pounder was told to stay home from practice by the club as they wanted to sort out his situation. They completed that today with the trade. Cincinnati netted OL B.J. Finley and a seventh-rounder in exchange for Dunlap. Dunlap was arguably the best pass rusher that Cincinnati ever had compiling 81.5 sacks in 10 seasons. He had been demoted to a backup role and that was the main factor in the trade request. His teammates Geno Atkins and John Ross are also likely to be traded.
Seattle will now have a hole filled. They had been in pursuit of Everson Griffen before he was dealt and were likely in on a few more. Expect them to add another edge rusher before the deadline.
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