Quinton Dunbar has had a rollercoaster of an offseason since was traded from Washington to the Seahawks in March but is “very appreciative” his team has stood by him along the way.
Back in May, the star cornerback and New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker were accused of stealing money and watches while armed with semiautomatic firearms in Miramar, Florida. He faced four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, but the Broward State Attorney announced on Aug. 7 that criminal charges would not be filed against him due to insufficient evidence
Baker is still being prosecuted for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
"I can't really comment on that situation with the case still going on, so I can't really speak on what happened," Dunbar said about the ongoing case. "But the truth will eventually come out."
Throughout his case, Dunbar noted how appreciative he was that Seattle stood beside him.
“They definitely was by my side the whole way," Dunbar said Friday. "But at the same time, I know what I did do, and I know what I didn't do, and I wasn't even really worrying about football at the time. I was just worried about clearing by name."
While his charges were ultimately dropped and his team continually supported him, Dunbar knows the NFL could still take action. In 2017, the league suspended Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed for six games due to domestic violence accusations, even though he was not arrested or charged with prosecutors also citing insufficient evidence.
However, the league removed Dunbar from the commissioner’s exempt list the day after his charges were dropped, allowing him to report to camp on Aug. 9 and practice for the first time a week later.
Seattle acquired the cornerback for a fifth-round pick in a March trade with the Washington Football Team. He spent five seasons in Washington and recorded 37 tackles, eight passes defended and four interceptions in 2019.
Despite the challenges he faced over the offseason, Dunbar has expressed his readiness to move on and get back to football.
"I feel like, before that situation, it spoke for itself," he said. "Never been to jail. Never been in trouble, never came in [contact] with the police from doing anything illegal. Now all of a sudden when I make it this far with everything I grew up wanting, I just put it out there on the line for something silly like that, where people are going to believe what they want. But as long as I know who I am and what I stand for, that's all that matters to me."