Washington Redskins cornerback, Quinton Dunbar, has requested a trade or release from the team, due to unhappiness with his contract. Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that Dunbar “wants to play for a team that will commit long term.”
Dunbar has one year remaining on his contract, worth $3.25 million, but none of it is guaranteed. Dunbar said if he is not traded or released, he will skip OTA’s, play out the final year of his contract, and sign elsewhere.
Dunbar, 27, was an undrafted free agent signing by the Redskins in 2015. He entered the league as a wide receiver, but the Redskins moved him to corner with his length and speed.
Dunbar became a starter for the Redskins in 2018, quickly becoming one of the most consistent corners on the team and in the league. However, Dunbar has suffered injuries the past two seasons, which has limited him to 18 games combined.
Dunbar has proved to be a valuable corner in the NFL and deserves to get a long-term contract, he just needs to stay on the field. Dunbar is a potential target for the Chiefs with the potential offseason losses.
With Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland potentially getting money out of the Chiefs range, meaning the corner positions could be left with Charvarious Ward and Rashad Fenton. If this were the case, and even if it weren’t, Dunbar would be a great addition.
In his 11 games last season, Dunbar has 4 interceptions and 8 pass deflections. In 2019, Dunbar was rated the second-highest rated cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Redskins also have no leverage in a trade, as Dunbar wants out and wants to play for a team that will commit to him. The Chiefs would probably have to give up a low high-mid round draft pick in next year’s class for Dunbar.
The Chiefs have a busy offseason ahead of them, and an option to replenish a potentially near-depleted corner position could come with an acquisition of Dunbar.