Earlier this week, it was reported that Quinton Dunbar was ready to split with the Redskins. Now, it appears as though we can walk back those initial reports.
A few days ago, multiple local insiders reported that Washington Redskins starting cornerback Quinton Dunbar had requested to either be traded or released by the team. Reports suggested that Washington’s recent regime change had undermined contract negotiations between the organization and Dunbar, triggering a desire from Dunbar to change destinations.
ESPN’s John Keim confirmed today that Dunbar did, in fact, request to be traded earlier this week, but despite Dunbar’s plea, the situation may not be entirely unsalvageable. Per Al Galdi, who corroborated an assertion from Team 980’s Rick “Doc” Walker, Dunbar simply wants to know where he stands in the team’s overhaul. According to Walker, Dunbar is set to meet with Redskins head coach Ron Rivera on Thursday, and the two will likely find clarity at that meeting.
It’s worth noting that Walker is documented with having talked with Dunbar directly, and that Dunbar, according to Walker, is not requesting to be traded. But Keim confirmed reports that Dunbar did, in fact, request to be traded earlier this week. Perhaps the cornerback had a change of heart after his initial plea, or perhaps coaches reached out to him afterwards and expressed a desire to work with him.
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Whatever the case, the situation is undoubtedly in flux at the moment, and a solution is forthcoming. Dunbar is coming off a career season in which he logged four interceptions, eight pass deflections, and a borderline-elite Pro Football Focus grade of 87.6 in eleven games. He’s had some durability concerns the past few years, but he’s far and away the best cornerback on the roster, and if they can find a way to keep him around, it would be a benefit for an otherwise weak and unproven position group.
We’ll keep you in the loop on this ordeal, as this situation seems to be updating relatively quickly. Be sure to stick with us for any relevant information regarding Dunbar and his status with the Redskins moving forward.