Disgruntled Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar reportedly requested to be traded or released from the team over stalled contract negotiations. The five-year veteran had began talking about an extension with the previous administration, but after Ron Rivera’s hiring, he had not had a conversation with anyone in the Redskins front office about an extension.
Dunbar told NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay that he wants to join a team that commits to him long-term.
The Washington Post’s Kareem Copeland sees both sides of the fence. Copeland believes that Dunbar is just trying to ensure some security. The former Florida Gator saw what happened to Reuben Foster last year on the first day of OTAs and he doesn’t want to risk injury. He also believes he is the Redskins’ top corner. Johnson, Moreland, and Stroman are all young and still going growing pains, so in a sense, he has leverage there.
On the other hand, the Redskins may be reluctant to extend Dunbar due to the fact that he’s landed on injured reserve the last two seasons and he’s missed a lot of playing time. In 2018, he only played in 7 games, and in 2019, he played in 11 games. Dunbar may need to prove to the team that he can stay healthy before the team considers extending him.
Brian Mitchell thinks that this is the perfect opportunity for the new regime to set the tone on how they handle disgruntled players. Copeland agrees, deeming that Rivera “needs to set a precedent.”
“Set an example for how you’re going to run this new regime,” Copeland continued. “All eyes are watching on handle they’re going to handle free agents and disgruntled guys.”