4 Seahawks who desperately needed a change of scenery in 2022
By Lee Vowell
I hate to see Dunlap go, to be honest. He has been Seattle’s most consistent pass rusher over the last two years as a defensive end. He was played out of position in 2021 by former defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., and this hurt player and team. By the end of last year, Dunlap was playing more at his normal spot (instead of as a linebacker) and was racking up sacks at a high pace.
But it appears that while Dunlap still had another season left on his contract, he asked to leave the Seahawks this offseason and so he was let go. He was released the same day that Seattle released Kerry Hyder, Jr. Letting Hyder walk made sense as he wasn’t very good in 2021 but Dunlap would likely be better in 2022 than 2021 so maybe Seattle should have talked him into staying.
This is especially true after Seattle changed DCs and Clint Hurtt took Norton’s place. Plus, Seattle brought in Sean Desai to help Hurtt. The Seahawks should be more aggressive in 2022 than in the last few years and Dunlap would have helped.
But to be fair, Dunlap probably needed a change of scenery as he is reaching the end of a good career and needs to go to a team that he knows will use him correctly. I can’t blame him for that.