This post will examine the re-signing of cornerback Quinton Dunbar. The 25 year old was set to become a restricted free agent following the 2017 season before the decided to lock him down with a three year, $10.5 million dollar contract extension. He made three starts this year and also saw significant playing time on special teams, finishing the campaign having played 372 snaps with a career high 35 tackles. His numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he has exceeded the expectations many people had for the third-year undrafted free agent. He’s earned a second NFL contract and may see additional starting opportunities in the upcoming season.
His signing gives the Redskins some much-needed depth at the cornerback position. With Bashaud Breeland and DeAngelo Hall both hitting free agency, there’s an excellent opportunity for Dunbar to step into a larger role, with Fabian Moreau as his only competition. Kendall Fuller is expected to remain the slot corner and Josh Norman, who had a disappointing season by any objective measure, will retain his role as the number one CB.
Jay Gruden has praised Dunbar as a player who leaves it all on the field and has “a short memory” when he gets burned. By all accounts, he’s well liked and respected in the clubhouse and it’s a good thing for the team that he’s back for at least three more years.
In the next installment, we’ll take a look at the DeAngelo Hall situation.
This post is a continuation of the Redskins Free Agency series. The first in the series contains a list of all team’s free agents, which you can see at the link below.