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Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap not worried about contract year, “film speaks for itself”

Carlos Dunlap is skipping out on OTAs this year, but he’s not worried about his next NFL contract.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Dunlap has been one of the most consistent players on the Bengals roster over the last several years. In the past three years, he has made two Pro Bowl appearances, appeared on the NFL’s Top 100 player list, and has become second all-time in sacks in Bengals history.

Dunlap will be a free agent in 2019, if the Bengals don’t do something about that sooner, and will become an even richer man than he already is.

The Bengals veteran defensive end is not attending OTAs this year, and is instead spending time in both Miami and his hometown of North Charleston, SC, where he ran a football camp for the youth in his community.

Its normal for a veteran player to miss OTAs in a contract year, as an injury could cost these guys millions of dollars. Given the number of season-ending injuries we have already seen in OTAs this year around the league, this seems like a safe option.

But will this effect Dunlap’s contract status in 2019? He doesn’t think so.

“I’m not worried about a contract year, man,” Dunlap told Scott Eisberg at his football and cheer camp. “You just go out here and you just play football. The film that I put out there already speaks for itself I feel like I’ve already earned the respect of my peers, as I’ve been fortunate enough to be accomplished enough, to be an all star, to be in the pro bowl. So the film speaks for itself. I’ll just continue to put good film out there and let whatever happens happen.”

In his first eight years in the league, Dunlap has already put together enough highlights to earn himself a nice new deal, whether it is in Cincinnati or not. He will look to make his case stronger this season, though the Bengals certainly could offer him a new deal before the 2018 season rolls around. Dunlap has done nothing but prove to the Bengals they should be doing everything they can to keep him in Cincinnati.

Michael Johnson said last week he believes Dunlap will “be back ready to roll,” which could come as soon as June 12 for mandatory minicamp.

On a different note, it looks like Dunlaps’ camp and family fun day this weekend were huge successes with more than 200 kids showing up for the festivities. Johnson was also there to support his teammate and make an impact with the children in attendance.