There were numerous reasons for concern over former Florida star Carlos Dunlap in the 2010 NFL Draft after the defensive end received a DUI towards the end of his junior season–which is why the once projected top-10 pick fell into the second round. Over the years, the Cincinnati Bengals have established a reputation as a team willing to give players second chances and it was no surprise to see them take a shot at Dunlap.
With the way things have turned out over the first three seasons, it’s safe to say Dunlap was worth the gamble and now–it appears Cincinnati wants to make sure he’s around for the long run.
In a shocking move, the Bengals rewarded Dunlap with a hefty six-year, $40 million extension on Monday as they look to have one of the top defenses once again next year as they look to give the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers a run for their money in the AFC North. Cincinnati’s defense has been on the rise over the last couple of years and after recording 20 sacks in 38 games over the first three years of his career–the Bengals hope this gamble on Dunlap will pay off as well.
As mentioned before, Dunlap was originally considered a top-10 pick coming out of college and even showed potential as a rookie when he recorded 8.5 sacks over the final six games in 2010. Of course, the main question on the back of the minds of Cincinnati fans now–what does the future have in store for Michael Johnson?