In order for Carlos Dunlap to leave the Cincinnati Bengals, he had to make financial sacrifices.
Per NFL insider Field Yates, Dunlap agreed to a restructured deal that will play him $2M this season and he can earn an additional $3M as a roster bonus next year if he remains with the Seahawks five days after the new league year begins.
As part of his trade to Seattle, news Seahawks DE Carlos Dunlap agreed to a reworked deal that helped both sides get what they wanted. Details ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/VumFaNPnxI— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 4, 2020
From a big-picture viewpoint, Dunlap will end up making more total cash by the time March rolls around, but that means he has to remain with the Seahawks in order to get it. This way, the Seahawks were able to afford Dunlap under the salary cap, and Dunlap will now have a little more motivation to finish the season on a high note to get the remaining $3M next year.
It just goes to show you how badly Dunlap wanted out of Cincinnati if he was willing to take a sizable immediate paycut.