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Approval Poll: Bengals trade Carlos Dunlap to Seahawks for draft pick and B.J. Finney

The Bengals land offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick for Carlos Dunlap.

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With the trade now official, the Cincinnati Bengals have sent defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks.

In exchange, Cincinnati received a seventh-round pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney. Finney has yet to play an offensive snap for the Seahawks, getting in on under 30 special teams snaps.

For Dunlap, his snaps have been waning as well since playing over 80 percent in Week 3, and being in on under 25 percent of the defensive snaps against the Browns this past week, it was clear the Bengals weren’t planning on letting him see the field more often.

Dunlap, who was a second-round pick by way of the Florida Gators in the 2010 NFL Draft, will go down as one of the best defensive players in franchise history. His exodus will also help usher in the new era of Bengals football, one fully lead by Zac Taylor and rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.

With Sam Hubbard, Geno Atkins and Carl Lawson still available, the Bengals pass rush shouldn’t skip a beat as Dunlap was already being phased out. But, it always stings when a player of his caliber is let go in what could’ve been a far better situation.

Dunlap was seen clearly frustrated with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo this past Sunday.

The writing has been on the wall for days now, but was the return worth it? If you look at it contractually, it might be. Dunlap has a cap hit of over $11 million next season and will be owed over $10 million in salary.

On the surface, it seems like the Bengals were robbed, but they should be just fine, adding cap space to help enhance other more-needed areas in the future. That said, it’s time to figure out if you think Cincinnati came out on top.

Poll

Did the Bengals win the Carlos Dunlap trade?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Yes
    (2186 votes)
  • 37%
    No
    (1303 votes)
3489 votes total Vote Now

With that in mind, let’s have you answer a follow-up question.

Poll

Do you think the Bengals could’ve done better in the Dunlap deal?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Yes
    (1283 votes)
  • 59%
    No
    (1877 votes)
3160 votes total Vote Now