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Carlos Dunlap’s agent in Cincinnati as contract extension talks ongoing with Bengals

Dunlap’s agent was in town Saturday speaking with Mike Brown, hopefully to hammer out a new contract.

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The Bengals and Carlos Dunlap continue to make progress toward a contract extension.

The latest indicator of that is Dunlap and agent Drew Rosenhaus being seen with owner Mike Brown during Saturday’s training camp practice.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport added this:

The Bengals and Dunlap have been working on a contract extension throughout the offseason, and the hope is one gets done before Week 1. It appears it may get done within the next week if Dunlap’s agent is actually in town, perhaps looking to finish off the deal.

Entering his ninth NFL season, Dunlap has 64.5 career sacks, 244 tackles, 42 pass deflections and 16 forced fumbles. In 2017, Dunlap recorded 7.5 sacks, 46 total tackles, seven pass deflections and an interception returned for a game-winning touchdown against the Colts.

Dunlap is already poised to go down as one of the best pass-rushers in Bengals history. If he plays out the rest of his career here and continues to play at a high level, he could go down as the best.

While the Bengals have added guys like Carl Lawson, Jordan Willis and Sam Hubbard to help offset a potential loss of Dunlap in 2019, they still want him to be a leader for this team and an anchor along the defensive line for several more years.

It sounds like both sides are close to making that happen, though it’s far from being a done deal, as Dunlap deserves to be one of the higher-paid defensive ends in football.