Report: Carlos Dunlap expected to be on trade block after lashing out at Bengals staff
Carlos Dunlap has been vocally upset about his role with the Cincinnati Bengals, which could lead to him being traded soon. According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Dunlap is expected to be on the trade block due to his relationship with Cincinnati’s coaching staff.
Carlos Dunlap's on the block, and this won't help his trade value. https://t.co/NC5kWWgDCb
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 24, 2020
The NFL trade deadline is imminent and the Bengals aren’t going to be competing for a playoff spot in the AFC. Therefore, as Cincinnati continues to undergo a rebuild, it would make sense for the team to trade some of their pieces for draft capital.
However, for Dunlap, he may be forcing the team’s hand by continually sending subliminal shots at the coaching staff. The veteran defensive end seems to be perturbed with his current role on the defense.
In the past two weeks, Dunlap has seen an average of only 45 percent of Cincinnati’s defensive snaps. After starting in the first four weeks, Dunlap was benched in the past two games versus the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.
Also, he’s struggled to be productive in Cincinnati’s defense to begin the season. Through the first six weeks, Dunlap has just one sack and two tackles for loss for the Bengals.
While teams are looking for edge rushers at the deadline, we could very well see Dunlap moved via trade. Dunlap still has two years remaining on his three-year, $40.65 million extension he signed in 2018.
Despite being 31 years old, multiple teams would definitely welcome the two-time Pro Bowler to their defense. And seeing that Dunlap is essentially forcing his way out, it would be a surprise if Dunlap is still with the Bengals after the trade deadline.