The Seattle Seahawks released Dunlap on March 18. Coach Pete Carroll has said the Seahawks want pass-rushing outside linebackers to play on the edge as their evolving defense continues to transition to more of a 3-4 structure up front. Dunlap is more of a traditional 4-3 defensive end, likely a factor in his release.
Dunlap had one year left on the two-year, $13.6 million deal he signed last offseason, after the Seahawks cut him and allowed him to test his market. He was set to make up to $5.1 million in 2022.
The 33-year-old Dunlap was the Seahawks’ most accomplished edge rusher and was coming off a strong finish in which he recorded eight sacks over the final six games. But that was after an unproductive first half in which he saw his playing time dwindle. He finished with 8.5 sacks last season.
Dunlap spent his first 10 1/2 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the second round out of Florida in 2010. The Seahawks acquired him via a midseason trade ahead of the 2020 deadline.
His 96 sacks are eighth-most among active NFL players.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.