Seahawks’ Dunlap: Wilson says he is right here to remain

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SEATTLE — Earlier than re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks final month, veteran defensive finish Carlos Dunlap needed to guarantee that Russell Wilson would nonetheless be their quarterback.

Dunlap stated he bought that assurance from Wilson himself.

Talking with reporters through videoconference for the primary time since returning to Seattle on a two-year deal, Dunlap paraphrased his dialog with Wilson.

“I did ask him if, clearly, he was going to be with us, as a result of if I am coming again, I am coming again as a result of I see him as my quarterback, and the remainder of the group, I need to decide up the place we left off,” Dunlap stated Tuesday. “And he advised me he is with us and he is right here to remain, and he stated, ‘Let’s go, Hawks.’ I am not going to cite his each phrase. These phrases usually are not his phrases verbatim, however these are my rationalization of how I interpreted what he stated.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported in the beginning of free company final month that the Chicago Bears made “a really aggressive pursuit” of Wilson however have been advised that Seattle was not buying and selling him at the moment. The Bears have been certainly one of 4 groups that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, beforehand advised Schefter that the quarterback would play for if the Seahawks have been to deal him.

The others have been the Dallas Cowboys (who’ve since prolonged Dak Prescott‘s deal), Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints. A supply advised ESPN lately that Wilson doesn’t plan to increase his record of groups. He has a no-trade clause that offers him veto energy over any commerce vacation spot.

Wilson labored to encourage operating again Chris Carson to re-sign with the Seahawks, a supply advised ESPN. Dunlap stated he and Wilson have been in common communication throughout the time between when the Seahawks launched Dunlap in early March to once they agreed to re-sign him 2½ weeks later, throughout the second week of free company.

“A whole lot of groups confirmed curiosity, however solely the true rivals actually truly made affords,” Dunlap stated. “However Seattle is the place I needed to be, so when the supply got here from Seattle, I may inform you this: The deal was achieved inside 24 hours from once they provided me to me signing.”

Dunlap’s two-year deal is price $13.6 million with $8.5 million in ensures. The 2-time Professional Bowler was set to make $14.1 million earlier than his launch. Dunlap stated the Seahawks made it clear to him once they acquired him in a commerce with the Cincinnati Bengals final October that they could need to launch him after the season. He cited that transparency as one of many causes he needed to return to Seattle.

“They have been very clear and that is one thing I respect from Day 1 coming in. Once we have been doing the signing and the commerce, they let me know that this could be a possible transfer within the [offseason], after which when it truly occurred, yeah, it nonetheless hit completely different as a result of I’ve by no means been reduce earlier than,” he stated. “However they have been nonetheless very clear. They needed me to know they needed me again, simply this was one of many strikes they needed to make due to the scenario they have been in cap-wise.”

Dunlap will proceed to put on No. 43 with the Seahawks.

“I am trying to decide up the place we left off, and make it higher,” he stated. “That features me conserving the identical quantity. One of many stuff you guys will find out about me is I am a creature of behavior. I like to complete what I began, and I really feel like I’ve bought a whole lot of unfinished work to be achieved.”