Carlos Dunlap: “My time clearly was up” in Cincinnati, excited for new start with Seahawks

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Carlos Dunlap wanted to play more and wasn’t getting that chance with the Cincinnati Bengals. So he made it clear he no longer wanted to play for the Bengals any longer after a decade with the team.

After a trade to the Seattle Seahawks last week, the former Pro Bowl defensive end is now finally able to practice with his new team and is set to make his debut this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

“My time clearly was up (in Cincinnati),” Dunlap said on Wednesday ahead of his first practice with Seattle. “The coaches came to that conclusion and we had to do we had to do. That’s part of the business. Guys are dealt throughout the year and, obviously, no longer because the trade deadline’s up, but for me it was just an opportunity to get a fresh start, to go to a team and an organization that wanted me, clearly, by the move that they made.”

Dunlap played just 12 snaps in Cincinnati’s Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns. He had a disagreement with an assistant coach on the sidelines during the game and took to Twitter to put his Cincinnati residence up for sale as an indication of his displeasure with his circumstances with the Bengals. He was then traded to Seattle in exchange for interior offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick.

Dunlap now gets to join a team leading its division and desperately hopes their newest acquisition can help their struggling pass rush. He had to complete the six-day testing intake procedure before being able to enter the team’s facility for the first time on Tuesday.

“I feel like it’s a great fit,” Dunlap said. “I mean these guys fly around. I’ve been an edge defender my whole career. Been left end, been right end, been in the 4-3 style and this is what we’re doing here. I’m being asked to do what I’ve done my best football doing so it’s a win-win situation for me. I don’t know how to explain it in any clear terms, but this is definitely a win-win situation for me.

“I’m excited, excited and fired up to do what I do. And then being on the other side, and clearly you know with all the banners that they got up in here, they’re used to being in the big games and being on the better side of the big games and I want to compete with those guys and help them win those big games whatever it takes.”

The Seahwaks have just 12 sacks this season, which ranks 24th in the league. Dunlap had nine sacks last season with Cincinnati, which was more than double the best output from a Seattle defender in 2019.

“Getting through our first walk-through, he handled everything right,” head coach Pete Carroll said. “I don’t see any restriction at all on him playing this week. We’ll find out during the week. Really excited to have him out here. He’s really pumped about being part of it.”

9 responses to “Carlos Dunlap: “My time clearly was up” in Cincinnati, excited for new start with Seahawks

  1. Just make a few plays like Clowney did last year against the 49ers and you’ll instantly be a legend up here.

  2. Dude sounds hungry and a change of scenery could reap HUGE rewards. Excited to see what he can do!

  3. He had a disagreement with an assistant coach on the sidelines during the game and took to Twitter to put his Cincinnati residence up for sale as an indication of his displeasure with his circumstances with the Bengals.

    Social media has become an avenue for people to have temper tantrums for all the world to see.

    I find it hard to believe a coach wouldn’t play a guy for no reason. Sure, I doubt a first-time coach who wants to keep his job isn’t going to play their best players. Maybe the problem is Dunlap. Maybe his time in the NFL is up. He’s the Seahawks’ problem now.

  4. Stop docrust…it was time for both to go…you are not a Bengal fan or understand the game if you don’t get that

  5. doctorrustbelt says:
    November 5, 2020 at 12:32 pm
    REMEMBER: It’s ALL Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton’s fault
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    You spent a decade blaming the No. 2 Receiver for every loss (and saying he wasn’t a no. 2), glad to see you’ve moved on to some other point to post on every single Bengals story. If you that Marvin or Andy were good enough I’m not sure you watched games.

    Bottom line with Dunlap is that he had motivation issues in college and fell in the draft. He took plays off in the NFL and I guess when the team went to the toilet at some point last year he decided to take more than a few plays off. If he resurrects his career with Seattle it says a lot more about his character than it does The Bengals coaching.

  6. Seattle is only paying 2.5 million (and got rid of 3.5) and a late 7th rounder. If he gets them 5 sacks, it was well worth it.

  7. krakenit says:
    November 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm
    Seattle is only paying 2.5 million (and got rid of 3.5) and a late 7th rounder. If he gets them 5 sacks, it was well worth it.
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    That’s not anywhere near worth it. SEA gave up two 1st and 3rd round pick without even having a long term deal in place for a Safety who’s TERRIBLE in coverage, guy cannot cover. And now not only is Jamal Adams not the best safety in the NFL he is not even the best SS in his own division as All-Pro SS Budda Baker is the best safety in the NFL. The Same Budda Baker Arizona traded up for who SEA could of had in the 2017 draft, instead they chose DT Malik McDowell who due to an atv accident never a played down for SEA. SEA could of had Budda BAker and KEPT THEIR TWO 1ST RD draft picks ILMAO. Shows the caliber of genius were dealing with in SEA.

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