SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks are releasing veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move frees up $ 14.1 million in much-needed capitalization space, but leaves the Seahawks with no more success and their two-time Pro Bowl selection. The team is expected to attempt to re-sign Dunlap at a reduced rate once it tests its market.
Dunlap, who turned 32 in February, was expected to count $ 14.1 million against the cap in the final year of his contract, which no longer had any guaranteed money. That cap charge included a $ 3 million bonus that he would have earned had he stayed on Seattle’s roster on March 21.
The roster bonus was added to Dunlap’s contract as part of a restructuring he agreed to to facilitate his trade last October with the Cincinnati Bengals. Dunlap helped ignite the Seahawks’ staggering pass rush with five sacks and 15 hits in nine games, including the playoffs. He missed a game due to a foot injury he sustained during part of his time in Seattle. He had six tackles and four assists defended with the Seahawks.
OverTheCap.com and Roster Management System listed the Seahawks with a salary cap below $ 8 million ahead of Dunlap’s exit, one of the reasons the move came as no surprise.
Dunlap spent his first 10+ seasons with Cincinnati, who drafted him in the second round in 2010. His relationship with the team grew strained as he grew frustrated with his role in defense last season, which has led to his trade to Seattle in exchange for seventh-round pick and offensive backup lineman BJ Finney.
Dunlap openly gushed about the Seahawks organization after his exchange, saying he felt rejuvenated in his new setting.
“I would love to stay in Seattle as long as they have me,” he said after the Seahawks lost in the wild card round. “It was very clear what I was coming to do here and how long it would be, so now it’s a conversation and I’m open and welcoming for it. You already know how grateful I am to be here. taken great care. I think this is a great organization for the veterans, although I feel young and fresh as a young player too. I feel like I have a lot of ball left and I would like to end up with an organization like this.
“My two goals are still a Super Bowl and 100 sacks, and I haven’t completed either of them. I haven’t won any playoff games. I think we have the pedigree here to do all of this next season and would love to be a part of it. “
Dunlap’s 87.5 regular-season sacks in his career rank 12th among active players, according to Pro Football Reference. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016. The Bengals were 0-5 in the playoffs while at Cincinnati.
The Seahawks registered just nine sacks in six games before their trade for Dunlap, which coincided with the return of Jamal Adams from a groin injury. Despite playing just eight regular season games, Dunlap finished fourth on the team behind Adams (9.5), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (6.5) and defensive end Benson Mayowa (six).
The defensive ends who remain under contract with Seattle are LJ Collier (three sacks in 2020), Rasheem Green (two), Alton Robinson (four) and Darrell Taylor, a second-round pick last year who did not play in as a rookie because of a college leg injury.
Dunnlap joins Mayowa, Bruce Irvin, Damontre Moore and Jonathan Bullard as free agents. Branden Jackson is also a free agent, but he is not expected to play again due to a neck injury.