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The Seattle Seahawks are releasing veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap, ESPN reports.
Dunlap was scheduled to count $14.1 million against the cap in the final year of his contract, which had no remaining guaranteed money.
The Seahawks will be without their most accomplished edge rusher and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but they are expected to re-sign him once he tests the market.
The roster bonus was added to Dunlap’s contract as part of a restructure he agreed to in order to facilitate his trade from the Bengals last year.
“I’d love to stay in Seattle as long as they’ll have me,” he said after the Seahawks lost in the Wild Card round, per ESPN. “It was very clear what I was coming here to do and what my time span would be. So now it’s a conversation, and I’m open and welcoming for it.”
Dunlap helped ignite the Seahawks’ staggering pass rush by recording five sacks and 15 QB hits in nine games, including playoffs, per ESPN.
He missed one game with a foot injury that he played through for part of his time in Seattle and had six tackles and four passes defended with the Seahawks.
“My two goals are still a Super Bowl and 100 sacks, and I have not accomplished either one of them,” he said. “I haven’t won a playoff game. I think we have the pedigree here to do all of that next season, and I would love to be a part of it.”
The Seahawks are expected to try re-sign Dunlap at a discounted rate once he tests the market.