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Sports Bengals trade disgruntled DE Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks

20:01  28 october  2020
20:01  28 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Cincinnati Bengals have traded disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks, a person with knowledge of the move told the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move was not yet official.

The Bengals will receive offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Dunlap, according to multiple reports.

NFL Network's Ian Rappaport reported the Bengals told Dunlap earlier Wednesday to stay at home rather than show up to Paul Brown Stadium.

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Tuesday is the off day during the normal league week for teams, so this would have been the first day of full practice following the Bengals' 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns, in which Dunlap appeared to argue with a coach on the sideline

Since the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6, multiple people familiar with the situation told the USA TODAY Network that Dunlap and fellow defensive lineman Geno Atkins were frustrated with their roles on the defense. The people spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

Carlos Dunlap et al. wearing costumes: Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) starts the game as a backup in the first quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The Bengals led 17-10 at halftime. © Sam Greene Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) starts the game as a backup in the first quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The Bengals led 17-10 at halftime.

A long-time starter and two-time Pro Bowl selection, Dunlap saw his role shrink over the course of the year, as he played in less than 50% of the team's defensive snaps in the last three games.

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After playing on just 12 snaps in the Bengals' loss to the Browns, Dunlap made reference on Twitter and Instagram to selling his home in posts that have since been deleted. 

In Seattle, he joins a defense that ranks last in the NFL in total yards (479.2 per game) and passing yards (368.7) allowed. The Seahawks' pass rush has been a sore spot with just nine sacks in six games.

Dunlap's current contract expires at the end of the 2021 NFL league year.

The NFL's trade deadline this year is on Nov. 3. 

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals trade disgruntled DE Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks

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