Why the Redskins should extend Quinton Dunbar this offseason

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LANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 15: Cornerback Quinton Dunbar #47 of the Washington Redskins reacts after a play against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at FedExField on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Risks associated with the Redskins extending Quinton Dunbar early

With any big-money contract, there are going to be risks. What risks could there be with extending Dunbar a year early? Arguably the biggest concern with him has been his inability to stay healthy. As mentioned earlier, he is among the best in the league when healthy. But, he’s missed 14 games the last two seasons, so that is a bit of a concern.

Another risk might be he regresses as he ages. Dunbar will be 30 years old in the middle of his next contract. The NFL is a young man’s game, especially in the secondary. And, for the most part, cornerbacks don’t fare well once they get over 30.

That’s why I’m predicting a team option for the fourth year, so Washington can move on from him if his play declines after just three years.

One final risk might be complacency. Far too often, once a player gets the contract they’ve been working for, they lose their drive and appear content. But, as a former undrafted receiver turned cornerback, this should not be an issue with Dunbar as he comes off a driven individual who wants to be great.

Whether it’s done this offseason or during the season next year, the Redskins must lock up Dunbar long term. While there are always risks with long-term contracts, Dunbar has proven he is a player who is worth that risk.

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