Quinton Dunbar was just beginning to look like one of those great NFL rags-to-riches stories. But if the allegations about being a part of an armed robbery Wednesday in Florida are true, he might next be in something worse than rags -- prison jumpsuits.
Dunbar came out of the University of Florida as a wide receiver and was not chosen in the 2015 draft. He signed a free-agent deal with Washington as a wideout and eventually caught his coaches’ eyes with his special teams work.
He was turned into a corner and didn’t play much in the beginning, But eventually, he garnered more and more time on the field and when Bashaud Breeland left as a free agent, it cleared a spot in the starting lineup for Dunbar.
He signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract, including a signing bonus of $3 million and $5.24 million in guaranteed money, with Washington on Jan. 1, 2018 and set about proving himself as a solid corner on the rise.
Entering the final season of that deal, Washington -- in the midst of what new coach Ron Rivera called a culture change -- dealt him to Seattle in late March.
But all his good work and whatever was left on his contract is likely gone now. Along with his future as an NFL player, if he’s found guilty.
The Seahawks have no choice but to cut him loose. And the ending to the Quinton Dunbar story will be a sad one, indeed