Bengals trade disgruntled Dunlap to Seahawks: Reports

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) reacts during a game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Bengals are trading disgruntled defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

ESPN reported the Bengals will receive offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick in exchange for Dunlap.

Per ESPN, the roster move will not be official until 4 p.m. ET.

Multiple media outlets reported earlier Wednesday that Dunlap was told to stay home by the Bengals as the team addressed his future.

Tensions escalated to a fever pitch between Dunlap and the Bengals in the waning moments of the team’s 37-34 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Dunlap was involved in an argument with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, with the two-time Pro Bowl selection ultimately being restrained by Bengals defensive line coach Nick Eason.

Dunlap, 31, recently revealed glimpses of his discontent over social media.

Dunlap posted a picture Saturday on his Instagram account showing the Bengals’ defensive starters and backups. The image, which shows a set of numbers written on a dry-erase board, lists Dunlap’s No. 96 at third string.

“Bengals Depth Chart Update: ‘Stand Down And Stand By’ is what this tells me,” Dunlap wrote. “Zac/Lou they got an experiment, but I don’t got time for this.”

Dunlap’s second sentence was an apparent reference to Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and Anarumo.

He also tweeted that he’s selling his Cincinnati-area house after Sunday’s loss to the Browns, during which he played a season-low 12 defensive snaps.

Dunlap has 18 tackles and one sack in seven games this season. He has recorded 490 tackles and 82.5 sacks in 155 career games since being selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Finney spent the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then signed a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason with the Seahawks. He hasn’t played an offensive snap for the team, and trading him frees money to pay Dunlap, who carries a $4.7 million salary cap hit.

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