The Seahawks have made the move they were so desperate to make, adding Cincinnati Bengals pass rusher Carlos Dunlap via trade on Wednesday morning. Leger Douzable was the first to report the news.
Douzable added, "Hawks you got a player that is hungry and ready to get after QB."
Dunlap had made it clear to the Bengals organization that he was unhappy and wanted out. Now he has his wish and a fresh start in the Pacific Northwest. Dunlap, 31, is a two-time Pro Bowler with 82.5 career sacks to his name. He only has 1.0 sack thus far in 2020, but he still immediately becomes Seattle's best pass rusher on the active roster.
The Seahawks are coming off of a game in which they failed to register a single quarterback hit against the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle is on pace for just 24 sacks in 2020, which illustrates just how desperate the Seahawks were to add outside reinforcements.
Per Adam Schefter, Seattle gave up B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in order to acquire Dunlap.
Dunlap is due $4.8 million for the remainder of this season. The Seahawks had just under $4 million in cap space prior to the trade, but they should be just fine now after moving on from Finney.
Dunlap is also under contract through 2021 with a $13.5 million cap number. According to Spotrac, the $2.25 million in guarantees counts as dead money for the Bengals. Seattle would assume responsibility for $11.25 million if they decided to keep Dunlap next season. However, that money isn't guaranteed, and the Seahawks could cut Dunlap during the offseason without assuming any dead cap space.
Dunlap will have to go through COVID-19 protocols upon arriving in Seattle, meaning he won't make his Seahawks debut until Week 9 against the Bills.