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Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks, per reports

Carlos Dunlap, Bengals, Seahawks

The Cincinnati Bengals have traded defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Bengals are getting a seventh-round pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney.

This news should come as no surprise, as reports of a possible trade involving Dunlap have circulated for several days now. The Bengals, who are currently 1-5-1 overall, held him out of practice while they worked through these discussions.

Dunlap was solid for the Bengals last season. In fact, he was the team’s leading pass rusher. Through seven games of this campaign, though, he’s recorded just one sack and 18 tackles. 13 of his tackles have been of the solo variety.

There has been tension between Dunlap and the Bengals for quite a while. This emotion came to a head during Sunday’s 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns. After Cleveland scored the winning touchdown in the closing seconds of the game, Dunlap got into an argument with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.

“We just handle that internally,” coach Zac Taylor said Sunday, when asked about the situation, via ESPN. “We got a group of guys in the locker room who want so badly to do things the right way and get this to where we want to be.”

Dunlap, who has spent his entire 11-year career with the Bengals, even sent out an Instagram post a while back to express his frustrations with his role on the roster:

Dunlap is currently playing on a four-year deal worth $54 million that expires at the end of the 2021 season. He’s still a solid player when motivated, so let’s see if he’ll be happy with the Seahawks. Seattle is a Super Bowl contender with Russell Wilson at the helm, and the injury-ravaged club needed a defensive boost.