CINCINNATI — The Bengals traded defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks for offensive linemen B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick on Wednesday.
Finney, 29, is a five-year veteran that spent the first four seasons of his career with the Steelers. He signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent out of Kansas State in 2015.
“We’re excited to get Finney in the building,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “We’ve watched him play over the years from afar, and we like what we’re adding to the offensive line with him. He has good veteran experience and provides us with needed versatility.”
Finney is listed as a center, but he can also play guard. He appeared in 59 games for the Steelers, making 13 starts.
He signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Seattle in March, but hasn't taken an offensive snap this season. Finney is under contract through 2021. He's set to make $4.1 million next year, but only $1 million is guaranteed.
He's a proven backup that gives the Bengals' some depth at center. At 6-4, 318 pounds, Finney has the size that this coaching staff looks for in a lineman.
He's received favorable grades from Pro Football Focus throughout his career. He earned a 72.8 overall grade in 2017 in 301 offensive snaps. He posted a similar grade (71.5) in 2018 in 165 offensive snaps.
Finney excels in pass protection. He's only allowed two sacks during his career according to PFF. He's a backup, but he's played over 1,000 offensive snaps since entering the league.
The Bengals were able to get a capable player and a draft pick in return for Dunlap who clearly didn't want to be in Cincinnati.
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