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Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar to plead not guilty in robbery charges

Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar to plead not guilty in robbery charges

Quinton Dunbar has maintained innocence since warrants were issued by the Miramar Police Department for his arrest last Thursday. 

Now, his attorney Michael Grieco says the Seattle Seahawks cornerback will plead not guilty to four charges of armed robbery later this afternoon, as reported by ESPN. 

Dunbar was granted bail on Sunday following a night in the Broward Sheriff’s Office jail for an incident where he and Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker reportedly robbed attendees at a cookout of $50,000 worth of cash and jewelry. Baker allegedly pulled a handgun on attendees, but there were inconsistent reports on whether Dunbar was armed.

Reports also surfaced stating that the men had lost roughly $70,000 in high stakes gambling earlier in the week. Greico told NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann that the gambling loss report is “completely fabricated.”

Greico says Dunbar is innocent and has said he has five sworn affidavits from witnesses to support that claim.

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The Seahawks gave up a fifth-round pick to acquire Dunbar in late March via a trade with the Washington Redskins. He is expected to be Seattle’s starting cornerback opposite of Shaquill Griffin in 2020. 

Dunbar released a statement on Sunday via Instagram apologizing to his team.  

I would like to thank all my fans for the support and apologize to the Seattle Seahawks organization for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me may have caused. In addition, I am very grateful to be a part of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations. Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaracterize my values and who I am.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Kevin Calabro. 

Seattle Seahawks DB Quinton Dunbar responds to armed robbery allegations

Seattle Seahawks DB Quinton Dunbar responds to armed robbery allegations

On Thursday evening, Miramar Police in South Florida issued an arrest warrant for Dunbar on four counts of armed robbery who, along with Giants corner DeAndre Baker and one other unnamed person, allegedly stole upwards of $50,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables from attendees at a party. Baker was said to have a semi-automatic firearm during the robbery, and there were inconsistent witness reports as to whether or not Dunbar was armed.

Now following Dunbar's release from jail on Sunday, the Seahawks corner has released a statement via his Instagram surrounding the allegations. 

I would like to thank all my fans for their support and apologize to the Seattle Seahawks organization for any unnecessary distractions that these allegations against me have caused. In addition, I am very grateful to be [a part] of a team that supports one another and uphold the credibility of each of its members through adverse situations. Moving forward, this entire situation has taught me how to not associate myself with environments that may mischaractierize my values and who I am.

Attorney Michael Greico spoke publicly on Friday refuting the details of the warrant. According to Greico, he's acquired five signed sworn affidavits from witnesses that indicate Dunbar was not involved in the robbery.

“All of the affidavits indicate my client is innocent,” Greico told the Miami Herald.

Seattle acquired Dunbar from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick at the end of the March leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. In 2019, Dunbar started 11 games for the Redskins, tallying 37 combined tackles, eight passes defended and a career-high four interceptions. 

The former Redskin requested a trade in February. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Stanford coach David Shaw.

Quinton Dunbar's football story could go from rags to riches to...?

Quinton Dunbar's football story could go from rags to riches to...?

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

Quinton Dunbar draws comparisons to ‘a young Richard Sherman’

Quinton Dunbar draws comparisons to ‘a young Richard Sherman’

When the Seattle Seahawks acquired Quinton Dunbar in a trade with the Washington Redskins last week, the team got more than a veteran cornerback in the deal.

Former Redskins defensive backs coach Ray Horton says Dunbar resembles a Seahawk of the past, who was a catalyst in Seattle’s most successful run in sports history.

“To me, it would be Richard Sherman,” Horton told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “Because of his style of play, the hands, the anticipation, the (being a) former wide receiver, the competitiveness. Really that’s what you are getting is a young Richard Sherman. And this kid is hungry. He wants to be good.”

Dunbar played wide receiver in college at Florida, before making the switch to corner when he became a pro. Sherman, on the other hand, made the shift while in college at Stanford. The two also share similar body types. Dunbar is 6’2” with 32” arms, while Sherman is 6’3” with 32” arms.

Sherman went from former fifth-round pick to a five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks.

Dunbar, an undrafted free agent, landed with the Redskins and carved his role as a full-time starter, before a hamstring limited his season to just 11 games in 2019. He recorded four of his nine career interceptions last season.

“He’s a joy to work with,” Horton said. “He works hard, he pushes himself, and he pushes his teammates. But there’s nothing wrong with that kind of a player. You want that kind of a player.”

“You are getting that type of player – they are going to love this kid.”

Dunbar says he’s admired Sherman and the Legion of Boom secondary for years.

“Man, I know everything about them. I grew up, I was still in college watching those guys,” Dunbar told 710 ESPN. “I wasn’t a DB at the time, but the Legion of Boom, watching Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, who, when I made that transition, I watched a lot of film on Richard Sherman and things of that nature. I know they’ve got great history there and I’m just looking forward to being part of that secondary and helping out all I can.”

While Sherman and Dunbar share a number of similarities, Dunbar will set to carve his own legacy in Seattle. He’ll start by competing with Tre Flowers for the Seahawks starting job in the secondary.

Seahawks acquire CB Quinton Dunbar via trade with Redskins

Seahawks acquire CB Quinton Dunbar via trade with Redskins

The Quinton Dunbar era in Seattle has begun.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Monday, the Washington Redskins have traded cornerback Quinton Dunbar to the Seahawks. Adam Schefter says Seattle will send a fifth-round pick to Washington as a part of the deal.

NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay confirmed the Dunbar trade on Monday. 

The Redskins reportedly began shopping Dunbar this week, after their top cornerback requested to be traded in February. In 2019, Dunbar started 11 games for the Redskins, tallying 37 combined tackles, eight passes defended and a career-high four interceptions.

This Seahawks have been looking to improve the cornerback position with Shaquill Griffin entering the final year of his contract and Tre Flowers struggling in 2019. 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he believed Flowers could make a third-year jump, similar to that of Griffin, who is coming off the first Pro Bowl of his career. The addition of Dunbar, however, gives the Seahawks an insurance policy in the case Flowers is not ready to make a solid step forward. 

Stay tuned for more on this trade via Seahawks Insider Joe Fann.