The Bengals started OTA’s without one of their stars, as defensive end Carlos Dunlap was a no-show.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis called it “not a big deal,” Dunlap will miss out on a $300K workout bonus. Dunlap, a two-time Pro-Bowler, is entering the final year of his contract and is apparently angling for an extension.
Lewis said he has talked to Dunlap, and when asked what the reasons were for his absence, Lewis laughed. “He’s busy. Working out.”
Dunlap joins a list of high profile players who are missing the start of Organized Team Activities, which includes New England quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell and Jacksonville cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
Dunlap, 29, is in a contract year after he signed a six-year, $40.6 million extension in 2013. He is due to make $7 million this season. The average annual value of his extension over the last five years was about $7.9 million, which would put him 18th in annual value this season the NFL for defensive ends, per the salary tracking website www.spotrac.com.
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