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Bengals Star Reportedly Told To "Stay Home" Amid Trade Talks

A general view of the Cincinnati Bengals field.

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 26: General view of Paul Brown Stadium during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 26, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 23-9. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The ongoing situation between the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive end Carlos Dunlap appears to be coming to a head.

Dunlap has been expressing his frustrations with the team publicly of late. He's not happy about his reduced role, and went so far as to put his home up for sale following Sunday's game.

Dunlap wants to be traded, and it looks like he's close to getting his wish. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bengals told their longtime defensive lineman to stay home today as the team continues trade talks.

ESPN's Dianna Russini

Bengals told Carlos Dunlap not to come to practice today. (@RapSheet first) Source tells me it’s been “a little crazy there” between the pass rusher and the coaching staff. The team is discussing moving him before the trade deadline. Told we will all know more later #Bengals

— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 28, 2020

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">confirmed Rapoport's report, citing a source saying that things have gotten "a little crazy" between the team and Dunlap.

Dunlap has been with the Bengals since 2010 and has made a pair of Pro Bowls in that time. From 2014-18, he never missed a game.

Last season, Dunlap recorded 63 tackles and nine sacks, showing he can still be a contributor. There are definitely a couple of contending teams--Seattle and Tennessee immediately come to mind--that could use him in their defensive line rotation for the rest of the season.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday, November 3.