The Seattle Seahawks acquired what they hope will be a solution to the team’s pass rush woes. Wednesday afternoon the Hawks acquired defensive end, Carlos Dunlap, from the Cincinnati Bengals for offensive lineman B.J Finney and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NLF Draft. The trade was made just six days before the NFL’s tradeline.
WHY THE DEAL MADE SENSE
There is a two-way tie for Seahawks lead in sacks this season. DE Benson Mayoma and Strong safety Jamal Adams each have two sacks. Adams has missed the last four games due to a groin issue and is expected back for this Sunday’s home game with the San Francisco 49ers. In last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks never laid a hand on Kyler Murray.
Once Ethan Pocic cemented the starting job at center Finney became expandable and the Seahawks were able to get some salary-cap relief by parting ways with Finney.
WHO DID THE SEAHAWKS GET
The Seahawks are getting a 31-year-old, 6 foot 6 285 pound edge rushed who is in his 11th season. The 2010 second draft pick by the Bengals has 82.5 career sacks, among the most in the NFL since 2010. Dunlap had his best season in 2015, posting 13.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Another banner year in 2019 saw him record 9.0 sacks forced two fumbles in 14 games and earn a number 3 ranking out of 104 defensive ends and 42nd among all NFL players. Earlier this year Pro Football Focus named Dunlap to its all-decade team, calling him “one of the most underrated players of his generation.”
MUTUAL PARTING OF THE WAYS
For all of his servitude to the Bengals organization, Dunlap’s disenchantment with the club came to a boiling point this year. The Bengals hired head coach Zac Taylor in 2019. Taylor implemented a new defensive scheme this year that saw a reduction in Dunlaps’s effectiveness. Pretty sure if you ask Taylor you will get a different version of the story. There are always two sides to every story. One thing led to another and Dunlap’s is now a Seahawk looking for a clean start.
This is a win for both sides. The Bengals saw Dunlap as a distraction after he yelled at an assistant coach. Dunlap probably felt he was not getting the respect he deserves having reached the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016. Dunlap will be ready for service when the Seahawk take on the Buffalo Bills a week from Sunday. The addition of Dunlap, the return of Jamal Adams and the insertion of a healthy Jordyn Brooks into the starting line will be a game changer for the Seahawks defense.