A key gear in the machine that was the 2008 Florida Gators National Championship machine, defensive end Carlos Dunlap According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals will be trading to the Seattle Seahawks as the 2020 NFL trading deadline approaches.
Seattle will send offensive lineman BJ Finney and a selection for Cincinnati in the seventh round in exchange for Dunlap.
Dunlap, 31, has been a consistently disruptive defender for Cincinnati for the past decade and is one of the top players in his position since his 2015 season with 13.5 sacks, which resulted in his first of two Pro Bowl appearances.
In his eleven-year career to date, Dunlap has counted 82.5 sacks, 103 tackles against loss, 490 tackles total, 20 forced fiddles, two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns, and 60 passes defended.
Since Cincinnati is in the middle of a rebuild with head coach Zac Taylor and the first overall winner, the quarterback Joe BurrowDunlap, who led the prosecution, was outside-in on the team’s long-term plans. Currently, amid a three-year $ 40.6 million deal as the Bengals try to build on their $ 25.6 million in 2021 (per over the cap), Dunlap’s trade should unlock over $ 11 million that the Bengals can use to add younger talent in one or more places in the free agency.
In return, the 5-1 Seahawks get a player who may not be in his prime but has an immediate impact on a team looking to compete in this year’s playoffs. Seattle ranks 27th in the NFL for sacks this season, which means Dunlap’s addition could be what it takes to turn the Seahawks into a legitimate threat to push for the NFC championship.
During his three-year UF career, during which he received the 2009 All-SEC First Team Award and the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP, Dunlap recorded 84 tackles, 19.5 sacks and 26 loss tackles. The Bengals selected Dunlap with the 54th vote in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The NFL trading period ends on November 3rd.
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