Report: Bengals tell Carlos Dunlap to stay home amid attempts to find trade
The Cincinnati Bengals have heard and took notice of disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap’s recent calls for a trade. The organization recently told the two-time Pro Bowler to stay home rather than come to work Wednesday as the team sorts out his future, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Dunlap has been a mainstay on the team ever since he was selected by the Bengals with the 54th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. However, the team’s struggles along with concerns over his individual role already reached its tipping point recently.
The turmoil between the two sides escalated back in early October when Dunlap told reporters that he was demoted from his starting role in the team’s defensive rotation during a news conference. More than a week later, he went on Instagram Live to voice his frustrations with the team and recently posted a photo of the team’s depth chart that had him at third.
“Zac/Lou they got an experiment, but I don’t got time for this,” the caption said – referring to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo.
The latest straw came when Dunlap was evidently seen having a heated altercation with his defensive coordinator in Anarumo regarding his playcalling in the aftermath of another 37-34 loss to division rival Cleveland Browns. Dunlap also posted a property listing on his social media accounts after the game which is indicative of his desire to relocate from the Queen City.
With a soured partnership boiling between the two sides, it is most certain that Dunlap will already be pointed to the exit signs in the coming days or weeks leading up to the November 3 trade deadline.