Bengals do long-term deal with Carlos Dunlap

AP

Last year, the Steelers tried to sign receiver Mike Wallace to a long-term deal.  When it didn’t work out, they signed receiver Antonio Brown to a long-term deal instead.

This year, the Bengals apparently did the same thing with two of their defensive ends.

On the same day the deadline passed for signing franchise-tagged defensive end Michael Johnson to a long-term deal, the Bengals worked out a five-year, $40 million extension with defensive end Carlos Dunlap, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Dunlap had one more year left on his rookie contract; this deal adds five years, keeping him under contract with the Bengals through the 2018 season.

Dunlap, due to earn a base salary of $630,000 in 2013, will instead earn $18.7 million between now and 2014 training camp, and $20 million total over the next two seasons.

Not bad for a guy with two career starts.  Then again, he has 10 times as many career sacks, in three NFL seasons.  Last year, Dunlap registered 9.5 sacks.

And he’ll definitely be starting after Johnson leaves via free agency in 2014, if not sooner.

29 responses to “Bengals do long-term deal with Carlos Dunlap

  1. Didn’t see that coming, but I’m ok with Dunlap getting a long term deal. I sure hope that it doesn’t mean they are giving up on Johnson though. Lot of players to sign coming up.

  2. I do love this guy and glad he is signed long term but that seems high for a guy who hasn’t stayed healthy. When healthy he is better than Michael Johnson.
    I just hope they save enough to sign the Geno the Beast long term.

  3. Love the re-signing. Had a feeling this would probably happen (just very tough to keep them both with the other contracts that are coming due). It would be great if we get MJ93 back somehow but really would be hard to put bigger $ than this at this position for the long term. Pretty much the same situation that happened when we had JoJo and Hall contracts come up.

    -QG

  4. Erybody know The boy is Maaad nice. ya mans A.J green and Red are championship caliber duo that if they put it together consistently, With Zimm’s D they can do it people and treally dough now that the Ravens got theirs and The Stinkies IN TRANSISTION and Cleveland is a bit away the Jungle Cats can do it. that defense is that good and now with my mans n them lil Jimmy Harrison yeah YEAH Mr.im hunting Rozzenburgers ASS ALL DAY and showing them Picksburghers HOW WE DO.

  5. I would much rather have him than Johnson long term, much more consistent and productive. A few injuries, but nothing major. Next up, sign Geno and the line will bet set for five years. We can always find players to come in on rotation.

  6. I think they are letting MJ walk. They have so many guys who are going to demand big contracts, especially Geno Atkins and AJ Green. I just don’t think they can afford them all.

  7. They had to choose between Dunlap and Johnson and Atkins with resigning Atkins an obvious move, Johnson will get a huge contract this offseason if he keeps his production where its been

  8. Dunlap’s talent is unquestionable; however, you can’t help the club from the tub. He’s always been fragile.

    Also, this guarantees Johnson’s departure after this year. The Bengals will not spend that much money on one position.

  9. Great negotiation Bengals. I for one am shocked with deals like this you haven’t won more (any) super bowls.

  10. Any Bengals fans realize this is exactly like the Leon Hall vs. Jonathan Joseph dilemma. Hall was the steady performer who didn’t miss time and you could count on week to week, while Joseph was the big time talent that had injury issues but was on the brink of stardom. In this case, Michael Johnson is the Leon Hall and Carlos Dunlap is the Jonathan Joseph.

    I applaud the Bengals for gambling on the immense talent of Dunlap. MJ is very good but Dunlap could be all world if he hits his ceiling; less than 7 mill for Dunlap could easily prove to be a steal!!!

    Get Atkins done and wait and see if MJ is worthy of a 9 mill average…..I’m guessing 7-8 is more likely. 2 out of 3 isn’t bad though!!!

  11. Congratulations Mike Adams, you’re the proud new owner of a Dunlap for the next 5 years.

  12. @ cbass59: Still hurts that the Bengals knocked your Steelers out of a playoff spot in Heinz field, doesn’t it? Eat it, PittsWestVirginia.

  13. I wonder if Dunlap didn’t simply come into the OTA’s looking better than MJ and that’s what determined which one of them got the extension, (and which one didn’t). Dunlap was lookin like he is ready to make the leap in the vids of OTA’s the Bengals posted on their site. That’s not to say MJ isn’t a great player. I really would hope we could get him back after this year as well.

  14. Sack totals drive the DE market & with Harrison added to the pass rush I think it’s highly unlikely Johnson gets the same opportunities or generates the same number of sacks going into the next negotiations. His negotiating leverage was likely the highest it will be, right now.

    The problem was this year the DE franchise tag was way overmarket so MJ still chose to play the season out under the one year overmarket tag & hit a depressed market again next year & with likely less sacks … bad advice from his agent.

  15. modellforprez says:
    Jul 15, 2013 6:23 PM
    Erybody know The boy is Maaad nice. ya mans A.J green and Red are championship caliber duo that if they put it together consistently, With Zimm’s D they can do it people and treally dough now that the Ravens got theirs and The Stinkies IN TRANSISTION and Cleveland is a bit away the Jungle Cats can do it. that defense is that good and now with my mans n them lil Jimmy Harrison yeah YEAH Mr.im hunting Rozzenburgers ASS ALL DAY and showing them Picksburghers HOW WE DO.

    UUHHHHH….. WHAT !!!????

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