Like everyone else in Seattle, Carlos Dunlap had wondered throughout the NFL’s free agency period whether Russell Wilson wanted to stay with the Seahawks. Unlike most people in Seattle, Dunlap was able to ask Wilson directly about his status within the franchise.
Before signing again with the Seahawks on a two-year deal last month, Dunlap, who was traded from Cincinnati to Seattle midway through the 2020 season, spoke to Wilson and received some encouraging news. Wilson had previously expressed frustration with the organization, leading to plenty of business rumors and speculation, but the veteran defensive end received a reassuring message from the Pro Bowl quarterback.
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“I asked him if obviously he was going to be with us, because if I come back I come back because I see him as my quarterback, and the rest of the squad I want to pick up where we left off. arrested, “Dunlap told reporters on Tuesday.” And he told me he’s with us and he’s here to stay, and he said, ‘Let’s go, Hawks.’
“I’m not going to quote every word of his. Those words aren’t his words verbatim, but are my explanations of how I interpreted what he said.”
Multiple reports indicated that the Bears aggressively pursued a Wilson trade and made a monster offer, which included three first-round picks. The Seahawks have remained calm on that front, however, and with the offseason now ending, Wilson will likely be Seattle’s starting QB for Week 1 of the 2021 campaign.
As for Dunlap, there was no debate about his favorite team. The 32-year-old has always wanted to stay with the Seahawks, even after initially releasing him on salary cap issues.
“They were very transparent, and that’s something I enjoyed from day one,” Dunlap said. “When we were doing the signing and the exchange, they let me know that it would be a potential move in the [offseason]. And then when it actually happened, yeah, it still hit a different way because I had never been cut before, but they were still very transparent.
“They wanted me to know that they wanted me to come back, just that was one of the moves they had to make because of the situation they were in.”
You can watch Dunlap’s full press conference below.