The Seattle Seahawks acquired some much-needed pass-rush help Wednesday with their trade for Cincinnati Bengals defensive end, Carlos Dunlap.
The trade didn’t cost Seattle much. They sent just a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft and center B.J. Finney to Cincinnati.
Compensation update: Seahawks are sending OL B.J. Finney and a 7th-round pick to the Bengals in exchange for DE Carlos Dunlap, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2020
Finney, 29, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Steelers in 2015 and was signed by the Seahawks to a two-year, $8 million deal last offseason. He’s appeared in just 29 special teams snaps this season.
Dunlap will bring instant credibility to the Seahawks pass rush. He finished with nine sacks last season and had a career-best 13.5 sacks in 2015.
It was clear Dunlap’s time in Cincinnati was coming to an end after he tweeted that his house was for sale following last Sunday’s loss to the Browns. The tweet itself isn’t the issue; the fact he sent it from the locker room immediately after the game was, well, problematic.
And remember: Dunlap got into a sideline altercation with wide receiver Tyler Boyd after the Bengals’ defense gave up the go-ahead touchdown with 11 seconds left in the game.
Dunlap’s frustration with the Bengals — and the Bengals’ frustration with Dunlap — is why the compensation wasn’t what you’d expect for a high-level pass-rusher. This was a locker-room cleansing which should benefit Cincinnati (and Dunlap) moving forward.