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Carlos Dunlap signs with Rosenhaus Sports

Carlos Dunlap

Bengals second-round pick Carlos Dunlap began his rookie year slowly, being deactivated as a healthy scratch in four of the first five contests and managing just four solo tackles through Week Nine.

Finally cracking Cincinnati’s defensive rotation in Week Ten, Dunlap ripped through offensive lines en route to 9.5 sacks in the final eight weeks. Despite not starting a single game, the former Florida Gator ¬†finished the season as the Bengals’ sack leader by a wide margin. Next closest was fellow rookie Geno Atkins, a defensive tackle, with 6.5 fewer sacks than Dunlap.

Had Dunlap received full-time snaps in 2010, he very well may have given Ndamukong Suh a run for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that Dunlap has now signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Agent switches often lead to contract restructuring requests, although Dunlap is just one season into a four-year, $3.01 million rookie deal. He’s due base salaries of $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012, and $575,000 in 2013.

Regardless, it’s a nice pickup for Rosenhaus Sports. If Dunlap has another big year, it’s not unreasonable to think the Bengals might be more amenable to a long-term commitment.

Dunlap is currently using the offseason to finish his degree at Florida.

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7 Responses to “Carlos Dunlap signs with Rosenhaus Sports”
  1. neverend1 says: Feb 5, 2011 12:54 PM

    Geno Atkins was also a very good rookie for the bengals.

    I’m not a bengals fan but looking from the outside in they are a very talented team. By far the most underachieving team of 2010. A defensive line with great young talent, great LB core, arguably the best CB duo in football when they were healthy, and a good power offensive line.

    They’re not all that bad. I hope they don’t overhaul the team and the players on it, that would be just dumb.

  2. assnfootball says: Feb 5, 2011 1:12 PM

    I’m happy he’s going back to school to get his degree. Hoping he doesn’t get into any trouble.

  3. contraryguy says: Feb 5, 2011 1:22 PM

    The talent’s on the defense, the drama’s on the offense. As a Bengal fan, not sure whether Rosenhaus is a positive or not, especially when dealing with Montgomery Burns, er, Mike Brown.

  4. jc1958coo says: Feb 5, 2011 2:30 PM

    i see a hold out in the near future! that’s what rosenhaus does, didn’t work for bigby in green bay!

  5. samoanjungle says: Feb 5, 2011 2:41 PM

    Two guys that the Bengal coaches didn’t think should be on the field, Dunlap and Jerome Simpson, were there 2 best players toward the end of the year. What does that tell ya about their judgement of talent?

  6. bonniebengal says: Feb 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    Holdouts never work with Mike Brown.

  7. mystereo says: Feb 5, 2011 4:16 PM

    That TE Gresham guy is pretty good too.

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