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The Seattle Seahawks are last in total defense, last in passing defense and have the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL. The Seahawks have brought in help to alleviate these faults, acquiring defensive end Carlos Dunlap from the Cincinnati Bengals for backup center B.J. Finney and a seventh-round draft pick.
Dunlap has been a legit pass rusher for the Bengals since they drafted him in the second-round in the 2010 NFL draft, totaling 82.5 career sacks. He has had at least 7.5 sacks every season since 2013 including 13.5 in 2015 and nine a season ago. However, he was getting frustrated by his backup role in Cincinnati as he was coming off the bench the last three games on a rebuilding team. The 31-year-old pass rusher only has one sack this season. He requested a trade and the Bengals got him for a draft pick and Finney, a center who can provide depth and special team contributions. The Bengals are in rebuild mode and except more veterans from the Marvin Lewis era to get shipped out of town soon, such as A.J. Green.
The Seahawks brought back former pass rusher Bruce Irvin to provide pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but he tore his ACL in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, ending his season early. Also, safety Jamal Adams has been out since Week 3 and his return is still up in the air. The Seahawks needed help badly and received a pass rusher who has been very productive over the past decade for a minimal return. The Seahawks are hoping Dunlap can make opposing QBs uncomfortable and provide key sacks when needed.
The Seahawks face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday while the Bengals host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.