The Seahawks are putting the money they are about to save from Jarran Reed‘s imminent departure to good use. As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com was among those to report, Seattle is re-signing defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a two-year, $16.6M contract with $8.5M in guarantees.
Seattle acquired Dunlap in a trade-deadline deal in October in an effort to boost its struggling pass rush. And Dunlap delivered, contributing five sacks and six tackles for loss in his eight games with the ‘Hawks. However, he was due to carry a $14.1M cap charge in 2021, and that was just too much for the team to stomach with the salary cap decreasing by about $16M.
As such, the Seahawks released the longtime Bengal several weeks ago, but even before the release, we heard that Seattle could look to cut Dunlap and then re-sign him to a less expensive contract. And that’s exactly what happened.
The Dunlap re-up comes on the heels of Benson Mayowa's new one-year deal and Kerry Hyder's three-year accord. We heard earlier on Thursday evening that the club was set to trade or release Reed, and while Seattle certainly would have liked to retain its DT, Pete Carroll & Co. believe Dunlap is more valuable to the Seahawks at this point.
Dunlap, 32, has 87.5 career sacks to his credit, and he will have a good chance to hit the century mark with the Seahawks. There was no reported interest his services after he was released, but as Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com notes, Dunlap wanted to return to Seattle along. So both sides are probably pretty happy this evening.