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The people bashing Quinton Dunbar are wrong, and here are three reasons why

The people bashing Quinton Dunbar are wrong, and here are three reasons why

Quinton Dunbar is frustrated with his current contract situation with the Redskins. So frustrated, in fact, that he requested a trade or his release from the team on Monday evening.

That news has inspired people to call Dunbar "really weak," a "diva," a "punk," a "snake" and a "clown," among plenty of other things. Overall, attacking Dunbar is the cool thing to do right now in the world of Redskins social media.

It's also flat-out wrong.

Yes, it's OK for fans to have an unhappy reaction to this kind of news, but going as far as to assail Dunbar is completely misguided. 

And so, while trying to make fervent Burgundy and Gold supporters change their opinion through one written story is like trying to put out a fire with a squirt gun, it's worth a shot. 

To the people going after Dunbar for his recent move, consider these three points. 

1) The last year on his contract completely exposes him

There is no guaranteed money coming for the cornerback as he enters the 2020 season. For a player who's seen Reuben Foster go down in OTAs, who's seen what Trent Williams did in 2019 and who's seen Washington's training staff in the past mishandle injury after injury, that's a huge concern.

Dunbar understands that if something goes wrong in offseason work or early in the schedule, it'll cost him. And according to reports, he was making progress with the franchise's previous front office on negotiations, only to see those talks stall since the regime change. That would anger anyone in a similar place.

The easy critique of this is that Dunny signed the deal back in January 2018 knowing what 2020 held. However, he was a depth piece at that time. Since then, he's started when he's been healthy each of the past two seasons, greatly increasing his value and getting to a point where he's currently the defense's best corner.

To put it simply: One source told JP Finlay an average starter at the position is worth around $7 million. Dunbar, meanwhile, is set to earn a base salary of $3.25 million with, of course, none of that guaranteed. He has a right to be upset. 

2) He's one season away from what many players dream of

This is an important issue and one that's related to the above one. 

The 27-year-old inked his last deal with the Redskins as a restricted free agent, because he had only accrued three seasons in the NFL. That means that, barring an extension with Washington or another club, he's just a little more than 12 months away from hitting unrestricted free agency for the first time.

That's a destination where he could make some fantastic money, and considering his age, it might be his best chance to really cash in while he's in the league. For someone who was once an undrafted wide receiver, imagine how enticing that opportunity is.

So, Dunbar is sitting at home, realizing how unprotected he is in 2020 and also well aware of how close he is to hitting the open market. He's not being a "diva" or a "clown." He's being smart.

3) He's the kind of guy fans should want to keep, not push out

Dunbar, as mentioned, arrived in this league as a wideout. In his five seasons with the Burgundy and Gold, he's switched positions, improved each year and made himself into a really good defender.

He's a competitor, he takes his job seriously and he's not afraid of any challenge or opponent. He's also highly effective and lines up at a premium position. Guess what? Those kinds of players are useful!

Now, his detractors will quickly turn to the amount of games he's missed lately, which is fair. If Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith and others want to extend him, they'll be sure to weigh that factor. Just don't mistake him as soft; he tried to fight through mysterious nerve damage multiple times in 2018.

As a whole, this situation is complicated, and it could be one that's far from a solution. 

One thing that's definitely not the solution, though, is to condemn Dunbar's actions. That's embarrassing and off-base. Unfortunately, it's also pretty normal.

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Despite missing much of his first two professional seasons due to multiple knee injuries, Derrius Guice is already one of the most popular players on the Redskins.

His personality helped raise his profile, which has led to a number of endorsement deals beyond his NFL rookie contract.

Now, Guice’s former agent has filed a lawsuit over not being paid in return for these deals.

The running back’s initial agent after leaving LSU was Fadde Mikhail, but Guice left his agency weeks before being drafted. He then signed with Young Money, and according to Mikhail in the lawsuit, was required to pay back the money he had been lent during the pre-draft process.

Per the lawsuit, Guice and Young Money have allegedly not repaid Mikhail, and the latter is now asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court.

Guice has endorsement deals with Nike and Hyundai, in addition to other opportunities to earn money from his likeness and autographs. This supplemental income is what Mikhail’s suit is regarding, in addition to alleged pre-draft loans of $191,000.

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Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL Draft begins in three weeks, and what the Redskins will do with the coveted No. 2 overall pick remains a hot topic of conversation.

There's a large consensus from many draft experts that the Redskins will select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who many have deemed a generational talent. However, there are still rumors surfacing that Washington is interested in drafting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but those have quieted down since the Redskins traded for QB Kyle Allen last week.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith was asked if he thinks the Redskins should take Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, and he quickly shot down that notion.

"I've been told the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua," Smith said on First Take. "They're going after Chase Young. They're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Smith explained that pass rusher is arguably the second most important position on the field behind quarterback, and passing on a generational talent like Young would be a mistake. Additionally, Smith believes that Tagovailoa's durability concerns are not to be taken lightly.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bring in an additional question mark due to durability in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said.

In the first part of his statement, Smith is referring to Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected 15th overall last season. Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie but played his best football at the end of the season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has preached wanting competition for Haskins, and he got his wish when he traded for Allen last week. The two are expected to battle for the starting job come training camp.

Tagovailoa has just recently fully recovered from a dislocated hip injury that he suffered last November. Last week, a video surfaced of the QB throwing for the first time since his injury.

On Thursday, a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo stated that Tagovailoa participated in a medical re-check administered by an independent doctor provided by NFL team physicians, and the results were "overwhelmingly positive." 

Despite the positive medical reports that have surfaced about Tagovailoa, Smith believes his durability is too much of a question mark to justify taking him over Young.

"He's the elite pass rusher in the upcoming draft. You've got the chance to take him with the No. 2 overall pick," Smith said on Young. "Could you imagine if they pass on him and grab Tua, then Haskins doesn't pan out and Tua gets hurt early? That would be problematic. You don't want that."

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