Carlos Dunlap is heading to Seattle as he was traded on Wednesday. Cincinnati is moving on from the pass rusher, which only had 12 snaps last week against Cleveland. Tennessee fans are left asking, why? The Tennessee Titans only had three active pass rushers last week against Pittsburgh so trading makes sense. Why did Titans GM Jon Robinson pass? The contract may have been too much for Tennessee to move forward.
There is no question the Titans could use another pass rusher. Tennessee is overplaying Harold Landry and Jadeveon Clowney. Plus, Vic Beasley is struggling so giving him more snaps is not helping. Dunlap could have provided the leadership and helped in the sack department. However, the contract would have been the tricky part of the deal. The former Florida Gator counts 13.5 million against the cap in 2021. Maybe Jon Robinson has something much larger in mind. Do the Titans trade for Stephon Gilmore? The Titans will have until November 3rd to figure out if they can improve via trade. In 2017, Robinson made an attempt to bring in Amari Cooper from the Raiders. The Cowboys did not require Oakland to switch second round picks so Cooper went to Dallas instead.
Carlos Dunlap has played eleven seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the second round in 2010. In 2015, Dunlap had his best season with 13.5 sacks. In the past two seasons, the former Bengal has had 17 sacks. Overall, he has 103 tackles for loss and 82.5 sacks in his career. This season Dunlap has only had one sack and has found his playing time decreasing each week. Seattle is coming off its first loss to Arizona, and adding Dunlap may be worth the risk. Dunlap may have a 13.5 million dollar cap hit for 2021, but only 2 million of that would be dead cap. So Seattle could move on next season.