In March, Seattle acquired a disgruntled Quinton Dunbar from Washington for a 5th round pick (brilliant move by GM John Schneider). While the move excited many fans at first, it quickly got ugly when Dunbar, along with New York Giants CB DeAndre Baker got arrested in Florida. Broward State Attorney, Mike Satz, announced on Friday that Baker will be charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Luckily for Seahawk fans, Dunbar was not charged and as a result, was removed from the commissioners exempt list.
On August 9, 2020 Field Yates tweeted the following:
The NFL has now officially removed Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar from the Commissioner’s Exempt list and he’s a part of Seattle’s active roster. A Key part of their secondary can now begin working with his new team.
With the return of Dunbar, he will now be able to report to camp and learn the playbook. We should consider ourselves lucky as Baker is potentially facing 10 years – life in prison if he is convicted of the crimes being brought against him.
The move made for Dunbar was brilliant on behalf of General Manager, John Schneider. Coming off an impressive 2019 year, Dunbar has just one year left on his contract. I see this trade benefitting the Seahawks in a multitude of ways.
First, Dunbar is playing to earn another contract. With just one year remaining and returning after avoiding a felony charge, I expect Dunbar to be on his best behavior. With that said, the Seahawks have a solidified number one cornerback in Shaquill Griffin, who has improved tremendously year after year. Dunbar is coming in with high expectations and I do not expect him to disappoint. We know Coach Carroll loves his 4-3 base defense formations and, in those formations, Seattle will have two cornerbacks on the field. I expect that Dunbar will be getting majority of the snaps as the second cornerback, at least early in the season.
Secondly, this trade and the one for Jamal Adams is setting up a secondary that resembles the Legion of Boom. Jamal Adams playing the role of Bam Bam Kam, Quandre Diggs flying all over the field like Earl Thomas, Shaquill Griffin locking down one side like Richard Sherman and now Quinton Dunbar playing the role of the number two cornerback who is not only physical but can make plays and force turnovers.
Thirdly, and most importantly, Tre Flowers can start to develop into a star. Over the last two seasons, Flowers has shown glimpses of what can be develop into but has a hard time remaining consistent. Last season, on Monday Night Football against the Vikings, Flowers displayed his inconsistencies. While he let up big plays, he also had an impressive interception on Stefon Diggs in the second half. In the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers, Flowers got shredded by Davante Adams. While I credit Coach Carroll for sticking with Flowers and showing faith in him, I also feel he has done that only because there is no alternative. Now, with the acquisition of Dunbar, Flowers will really have to earn his spot on the field. Coach Carroll loves fueling competition amongst his players and I see Tre Flowers using this opportunity as a way to significantly improve his cover skills.
Other young players like Ugo Amadi and Marquise Blair should also expect to benefit from the trades for both Dunbar and Adams. Amadi was spectacular on special teams, but he did struggle in that nickel back position. Blair showed glimpses of his physicality and I personally felt that he should have seen more field time over Tedric Thompson, who is no longer with the team.
Quinton Dunbar is coming to a Seattle franchise that is playing for a Super Bowl this year and are expecting him to solidify the backend. If Seattle’s backend can produce as I expect, it will lead to coverage sacks and opportunities for more sacks, something that Seattle is banking on for this season.