SEATTLE – In a major reorganization of their defensive line, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing back Carlos Dunlap and leaving Jarran Reed behind.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the team is expected to trade or release Reed, which will save nearly $ 9 million against the salary cap. Agent Drew Rosenhaus told Schefter the Dunlap deal is for two years and $ 16.6 million with $ 8.5 million guaranteed.
Dunlap, 32, became a free agent when Seattle released him earlier this month in a move that saved $ 14.1 million in cap space, but also left the Seahawks without one of their most impactful defensive linemen.
Dunlap had helped ignite the Seahawks’ staggering passing career when he came in October in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals by recording five sacks and 15 QB hits in nine games, including the playoffs. He missed a game with a foot injury that he played for part of his time in Seattle. He had six tackles and four passes defended with the Seahawks.
To facilitate his trade to Seattle, Dunlap agreed to restructure his contract with the understanding that the Seahawks would release him and allow him to test free agency if the two sides could not agree to an extension. That restructuring increased its 2021 cap number to a prohibitive $ 14.1 million.
The Seahawks thought when they released Dunlap that they would have a chance to re-sign him with a more team-friendly deal, which they are doing. One of the reasons his return seemed like a possibility was his fondness for the Seahawks. He spoke openly about the organization after the exchange, saying that he felt rejuvenated in his new environment.
“I would love to stay in Seattle while they have me,” he said after the Seahawks lost in the wild-card round. “It was very clear what I was coming to do here and what my time frame would be, so now it’s a conversation and I’m open and welcoming. You already know how grateful I am to be here. Watch out. I think it’s a great organization for the veterans, although I also feel young and fresh as a young player. I feel that I have a lot of ball left and I would like to finish it with an organization like this.
“My two goals are still a Super Bowl and 100 sacks, and I haven’t made any of them. I haven’t won a playoff game. I think we have the pedigree here to do all of that next season, and I would love to be a part. her “.
That affection was on display again Thursday night when he tweeted his reaction to the deal, with his teammate Russell Wilson doing the same later.
Year 12 with 12! -Damn Dunlap, the passion continues … 😏
– Carlos Dunlap (@Carlos_Dunlap) March 26, 2021
COME ON!!! @Carlos_Dunlap Behind!
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 26, 2021
Dunlap’s 87.5 career regular-season sacks rank him 12th among active players, according to Pro Football Reference. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016. The Bengals were 0-5 in the playoffs during his time in Cincinnati.
Seattle agreed to deals with two other pass rushers earlier this week, bringing back Benson Mayowa and adding Kerry Hyder. Those two plus Dunlap, LJ Collier, Rasheem Green, Alton Robinson and Darrell Taylor give the Seahawks a deep pool of cutting edge players.
But Reed’s long-awaited departure will leave a hole inside his defensive line.
Reed, 28, has been a full-time starter since 2017, a year after Seattle drafted him in the second round outside of Alabama. He was primarily known as a racing fanatic in his first two seasons, but then had 10.5 sacks in 2018. He began the 2019 season serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and ended the year with two sacks. . in 10 games.
The Seahawks gave Reed a two-year, $ 23 million deal last March, betting that he could regain his 2018 form. He had something of a catch-up season with 6.5 sacks in 16 games, but he’s ready to count nearly $. 14 million against the salary cap. Spending on Reed will leave $ 5 million in dead money, regardless of whether it’s a trade or a release. The Seahawks only have three picks in next month’s draft (in the second, fourth and seventh rounds), giving them an added incentive to find a business partner for Reed.
He signaled his apparent goodbye to the Seahawks on Thursday, writing on Twitter:
They have been real 12s💙✌🏿 tomorrow at 1 is official … in the next chapter
– jarran reed (@jarranreed) March 25, 2021
Poona Ford, who has started alongside Reed the past two seasons, received a two-year contract from Seattle earlier this month as a restricted free agent. Bryan Mone was tendered as a free agent with exclusive rights. The other two true defensive tackles on Seattle’s roster are Cedrick Lattimore and Myles Adams, sophomores with a game of NFL experience between them.