SEATTLE-Before renewing his contract with the Seattle Seahawks last month, veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap wanted to make sure that Russell Wilson was still their quarterback.
Dunlap said he got a guarantee from Wilson himself.
For the first time since reaching a two-year deal with Seattle, Dunlap spoke to reporters through a teleconference, and he explained the conversation with Wilson.
“Obviously, I did ask him if he would be with us, because if I want to come back, I want to come back because I see him as my quarterback, and the rest of the team, I want to take us away Place.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Adam Schefter) at the beginning of the free agency market last month reported that the Chicago Bears had a “very aggressive pursuit” of Wilson, but was told that Seattle was not trading him at the time. The Bears are one of four teams that Wilson agent Mark Rodgers previously told Schefter that if the Seahawks fire him, the quarterback will play a role.
The others were the Dallas Cowboys (later extended the Dak Prescott deal), the Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints. A source recently told ESPN that Wilson does not intend to expand his team roster. He has a trade prohibition clause that gives him the right to veto any trade destination.
Sources told ESPN that Wilson worked hard to encourage Chris Carson to re-sign with the Seahawks. Dunlap said that from the time the Seahawks released Dunlap in early March until they agreed to re-sign 2½ weeks later (the second week of the free agency market), he and Wilson have maintained regular exchanges.
Dunlap said: “A lot of teams have shown interest, but only real competitors really make offers.” “But Seattle is where I want to go, so when Seattle makes an offer, I can tell you: this The transaction was completed within 24 hours after they asked me to sign.”
Dunlap’s two-year transaction is valued at $13.6 million, including a guarantee of $8.5 million. Players who have won the professional bowling award twice will receive $14.1 million in income before being released. Dunlap said that when the Seahawks acquired him in a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals in October last year, they made it clear to him that they might have to release him after the season. He said that transparency was one of the reasons he wanted to return to Seattle.
“They are very transparent and I have appreciated it from day one. When we signed and traded, they let me know that this would be a potential move. [offseason], And then when it does happen, yes, it still has a difference because I have never been laid off,” he said, “but they are still very transparent. They want me to know that they want me to come back. This is just one of the actions they have to take because of their difficult situation. “
Dunlap will continue to wear the No. 43 jersey with the Seahawks.
He said: “I want to pick up the plane from where we stopped and make it better.” “This includes me keeping the same number. One thing you will learn about me is that I am very used to it. I am very accustomed to it. I like to finish the work I started, and I think I have a lot of unfinished work to finish. It’s done.