The Seahawks have expressed an interest in re-signing Dunlap, but the Panthers are his hometown team and are in need of a pass-rusher.
Dunlap, 33, is a former second-round pick of the Bengals back in 2010. He was in the final year of his five-year, $39.37 million contract when he agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract extension with the Bengals in 2018.
After tensions escalated with the coaching staff in 2020, Dunlap was traded near the midseason deadline to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick and OL B.J. Finney. He agreed to a reworked deal as a part of the trade.
The Seahawks released Dunlap last offseason before re-signing him to a two-year, $16.6 million deal that included $8.5 million guaranteed. However, they once again opted to release him a few weeks ago.
In 2021, Dunlap appeared in all 17 games for the Seahawks and recorded 35 tackles, 8.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a safety and seven pass deflections.
We have him included in our Top 100 – Available 2022 Free Agents list.