Should the Seahawks pursue Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap?


It is pretty clear that the Seattle Seahawks need some help on the defensive line regarding the pass rush. 

Seattle is currently last in the league in yards allowed per game (479.2).

The Seahawks are somehow on pace for fewer sacks this season (24) than they had in 2019 (28). The pass rush remains Seattle's biggest weakness, despite an impressive 5-1 start.

On Tuesday, Seattle had a chance to acquire DE Emerson Griffen, again, but instead, the Detroit Lions landed the 4x Pro Bowler.

[RELATED]: Seahawks miss out on Everson Griffen... again

24 hours later, a new veteran defensive end may be in the trade talks.

The Cincinnati Bengals have told Carlos Dunlap to stay home on Wednesday rather than come to work amidst trade talks, according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport. This comes after Dunlap was visibly disappointed on the sidelines following the Bengals loss to the Cleveland Browns last Sunday,

The 11-year and two-time Pro Bowl defensive end recorded 9.0 sacks, 63 tackles (39 solo), 13 tackles for loss and 21 QB hits in 2019. This season, the 6’6”, 285-pound, 31-year-old has posted 13 tackles and one sack. 

Seattle’s current leader in sacks is safety Jamal Adams who has recorded two total sacks in only three games played. Adams is dealing with a nagging groin injury and will hopefully return to the field this week. Seattle needs help getting to opposing quarterbacks and Dunlap may be someone the Seahawks should look at. 

Listen to the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast here.