Why the Redskins should extend Quinton Dunbar this offseason

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 22: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys gets tackled by Quinton Dunbar #23 of the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

What a Dunbar contract extension with the Redskins could look like

What could a Quinton Dunbar extension look like? There are a couple of cornerbacks whose contracts could be used as a baseline when working out a new deal for him.

One player who we could use for an excellent comparison is Chicago Bears’ Kyle Fuller. Dunbar and Fuller are both 27 and have blossomed while entering the primes of their careers. Fuller signed a four-year, $56 million dollar contract in 2018 to pay him an annual amount of $14 million.

If Dunbar were to sign an extension this offseason and stay in D.C., another contract we could use a baseline is the one Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay signed. Slay signed a four-year, $48 million dollar contract for an annual amount of $12 million. Slay is 28 and was first-team All-Pro in 2017.

While it is unlikely that Dunbar will be among the top five highest-paid cornerbacks in the league, he is going to get paid handsomely for his excellent play on his next contract. Certain positions in football command a premium. Cornerback is one of them.

Just for context, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Steven Nelson is the 25th highest paid corner at $8.5 million per year, and Dunbar is a much better player than him.

A fair contract for Dunbar would be somewhere between the Slay and Fuller deals. A 4-year $52 million dollar contract for an annual amount of $13 million could work. Dunbar would then be tied for the ninth highest-paid corner with Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore, who is viewed by many as the best cornerback in the league at the moment.

The Redskins will likely move on from Josh Norman this offseason, so that money could be used on Dunbar’s extension. If Washington is going to pay for a cornerback, why not a homegrown talent who’s in the prime of his career?

It would make sense for Dunbar to sign a four-year deal worth $52 million. I’m predicting he’ll get about $26 million guaranteed and there will be a team option in the final year of the contract for reasons we’ll explore momentarily.

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