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Details of Carlos Dunlap’s reworked contract after trade from Bengals

Seahawks, Carlos Dunlap

Carlos Dunlap has a new team, and he also has a new contract. The former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end has agreed to a reworked contract after being acquired by the Seattle Seahawks. Dunlap will now earn $2 million for the rest of the 2020 season, with the potential for a $3 million roster bonus if the Seahawks retain him for the 2021 season.

In essence, the Seahawks have lessened their immediate cap impact, while Dunlap has the opportunity either to make more money next season or enter the free-agent market as an impact pass rusher still in his prime.

Dunlap had long been one of the top sack threats in the NFL with the Bengals, though his tenure in Cincy ended rather unceremoniously.

The two-time Pro Bowler was essentially moved to the bench and saw his defensive snap count dwindle from Week 5 onwards. Dunlap demanded a trade, even listing his home on Twitter before deleting the tweet.

Fortunately for Carlos Dunlap, he would not have to wait too long before making his way to a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Seahawks have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL, a well-balanced attack anchored by Russell Wilson, who is once again having an MVP-caliber season.

However, Seattle has lacked a consistent pass rush all year. The Seahawks rank just 24th in football with 12 sacks, and the lack of pressure as well as Jamal Adams’ continued absence have both had a significant impact on the secondary.

The Seahawks will hope Dunlap can make his mark and supply more playmaking up front. Who knows, he might even earn a roster spot next year and a tidy little sum of cash for his efforts.