Former Washington cornerback Quinton Dunbar and New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker have reportedly been placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exempt list after being accused of robbery this offseason.
Dunbar, traded to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason for a fifth-round draft pick, is accused along with Baker of armed robbery during an incident in Florida this past May. Dunbar has changed lawyers during the investigation process after his original counsel was reportedly involved in an alleged payoff of witnesses regarding the case.
According to the NFL’s Player Personnel Policy Manual, "The Exempt List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been declared by the Commissioner to be temporarily exempt from counting within the Active List limit. Only the Commissioner has the authority to place a player on the Exempt List; clubs have no such authority, and no exemption, regardless of circumstances, is automatic. "
"The Commissioner also has the authority to determine in advance whether a player's time on the Exempt List will be finite or will continue until the Commissioner deems the exemption should be lifted and the player returned to the Active List."
Dunbar and Baker both turned themselves over to the authorities in the days following the incident. They were later released on bond. The 27-year-old Dunbar spent his first 5 seasons in Washington before the offseason trade, intercepting nine passes after originally starting his career as a wide receiver.
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