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
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.
You may want to not look into this, but Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was carted off the field today following a brutal, cringe-worthy leg injury.
The injury occured with 7:43 left to play in the third quarter as Smith took a sack and twisted awkwardly down to the ground.
Smith finished his day 12-for-27 for 135 yards and two interceptions vs. the Houston Texans. In at quarterback for Washington now is Colt McCoy with the 6-3 Redskins up 17-14 over the 6-3 Texans.
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Who would have ever thought that a young man born in Auckland, New Zealand would one day end up in Corvallis, Oregon and become one of the greatest defensive players to ever wear the Orange and Black? That’s exactly what Stephen Paea did.
Paea landed in Corvallis in 2008 and made an instant impact. Paea recorded at least 40 tackles in each of his three seasons and ended his career at OSU with 14.0 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss, and nine forced fumbles. He was also named an All-American in 2010 and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year that same season.
Paea was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and would play for the Bears, Redskins, Browns, and Cowboys before announcing his retirement in 2017.
Paea ended his NFL career with 129 total tackles (76 solo) and 14.0 sacks.
Didion was at the center, pun intended, of the success at the famed 1967 “Giant Killers” of Oregon State University. Didion anchored a tough, hard-nosed OSU offensive line, and twice earned All-America honors. He went on to be drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft.
Didion showed off his athleticism and versatility playing the first two seasons of his NFL career as a linebacker for the Redskins. He was traded to the Saints in 1971 and would move back to the center position. Didion’s quarterback that first year in New Orleans was a then 22-year-old rookie by the name of Archie Manning.
Didion passed away in 2013. He was 66.