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Carlos Dunlap says goodbye to Bengals in Instagram video

Farewell, Employee96.

NFL: OCT 25 Browns at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s the end of an era for Carlos Dunlap. The Bengals have traded the veteran edge rusher to the Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and an undisclosed draft pick.

Dunlap had not been inside Paul Brown Stadium this week until early Wednesday afternoon after the trade had been finalized. On Instagram, Dunlap took his own parking spot sign at PBS and captioned it with the following:

“Took me years to earn this 1st parking spot and I don’t regret not one of them...”

When we look back at Dunlap’s career in Cincinnati, it will not be defined by how the last three weeks have unfolded. The countless plays, moments, and memories he has given Bengals fans for an entire decade trumps how he exited the franchise that took a chance on him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Off of the field and in the community is where he really shined. He was a prominent presence in spreading breast cancer awareness and was even a Walter Payton Man of the Year award finalist just two years ago.

It’s clear that Dunlap doesn’t have harsh feelings towards the Bengals’ organization itself, and in sending him to a contender in Seattle, they probably don’t have any harsh feelings themselves.