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Packers Release CB Quinton Dunbar From Practice Squad

Quinton Dunbar‘s stint with the Packers has already come to an end. Green Bay released the veteran cornerback from their practice squad today, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (via Twitter).

With Jaire Alexander sitting on injured reserve, Dunbar was expected to provide the Packers with some reinforcement at cornerback. Ultimately, his stint with the organization only lasted one week; after getting signed last Tuesday, he earned his walking papers today.

Dunbar joined the Cardinals practice squad late last month, but the team cut him only a week later. Prior to that, the defensive back had spent the offseason with the Lions and later got a workout with the Bills. Now, he’ll be getting his third contract of the league year from Green Bay.

Two years ago, Dunbar broke out with Washington via a four-interception season that ended with the former UDFA allowing just a 61.2 passer rating while targeted. Washington’s new regime traded Dunbar to Seattle in 2020, and an injury ended a less successful season after six games. The six-year veteran will now look to bounce back in Green Bay.

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CB Quinton Dunbar Joining Packers PS

With Jaire Alexander sitting on injured reserve, the Packers have brought in some reinforcement at cornerback. Green Bay is signing cornerback Quinton Dunbar, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo (via Twitter). Matt Schneidman of The Athletic tweets that Dunbar will be joining the Packers’ practice squad.

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Dunbar joined the Cardinals practice squad late last month, but the team cut him only a week later. Prior to that, the defensive back had spent the offseason with the Lions and later got a workout with the Bills. Now, he’ll be getting his third contract of the league year from Green Bay.

Two years ago, Dunbar broke out with Washington via a four-interception season that ended with the former UDFA allowing just a 61.2 passer rating while targeted. Washington’s new regime traded Dunbar to Seattle in 2020, and an injury ended a less successful season after six games. The six-year veteran will now look to bounce back in Green Bay.

Alexander suffered a shoulder injury during the second half of the Packers’ Week 4 win, leading to his placement on IR. Green Bay will continue leaning on first-round pick Eric Stokes and the recently re-signed Kevin King at corner, but Dunbar could eventually insert himself into that mix.

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Cardinals Cut CB Quinton Dunbar From Practice Squad

Quinton Dunbar‘s time with the Cardinals has come to an end. The club released him from the 16-man practice squad on Tuesday, making him a full-fledged free agent.

Dunbar joined the Cards just one week ago to backstop the team’s Byron Murphy-headed cornerback corps. Before that, he spent the offseason with the Lions and later showed his stuff for the Bills.

The Cardinals have been working with Murphy and fourth-round rookie Marco Wilson as their starting corners with some help from Robert Alford and others. Darqueze Dennard is out of the picture following his release – ditto for Malcolm Butler, who currently resides on Arizona’s reserve/retired list.

Two years ago, Dunbar broke out with Washington via a four-interception season that ended with the former UDFA allowing just a 61.2 passer rating while targeted. Washington’s new regime traded Dunbar to Seattle in 2020, and an injury ended a less successful season after six games. The six-year veteran will now look to bounce back elsewhere.

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Cardinals, CB Quinton Dunbar Agree To Deal

Quinton Dunbar will land in Arizona. The veteran cornerback reached an agreement Tuesday to sign with the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

The Cardinals, who were interested in Dunbar this offseason, brought him in for a workout today. He will join the team’s Byron Murphy-headed cornerback corps. This is a practice squad agreement, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus tweets.

Dunbar scheduled a visit with the Cards this offseason but ended up signing with the Lions. The rebuilding squad ended up releasing Dunbar ahead of the season, leading the veteran starter to the in-season workout circuit. Dunbar, 29, auditioned for the Bills last week but will circle back to the Cardinals, who have experienced some cornerback turnover this year.

Ten-year starter Patrick Peterson bolted in free agency, and replacement Malcolm Butler landed on the Cards’ reserve/retired list just before the season. The Cards also placed Darqueze Dennard on IR and then released him with an injury settlement. Although DC Vance Joseph indicated Butler could return at some point, the team has played its first three games without him. Murphy and fourth-round rookie Marco Wilson have operated as Arizona’s starting corners, with Robert Alford — who missed all of the 2019 and ’20 seasons — mixing in heavily.

Two years ago, Dunbar broke out with Washington via a four-interception season that ended with the former UDFA allowing just a 61.2 passer rating while targeted. Washington’s new regime traded Dunbar to Seattle in 2020, and an injury ended a less successful season after six games. The six-year veteran will have a chance to bounce back in Arizona.

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Bills Audition DBs Quinton Dunbar, Damarious Randall

The Bills are looking into secondary help. They brought in Quinton Dunbar and Damarious Randall for workouts Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

Teammates on the Seahawks last year, Dunbar and Randall have not played this season. The Lions cut Dunbar earlier this year, while Randall’s latest Seattle agreement ultimately led to a release late last month.

Randall offers versatility, in having been a starter at both safety and cornerback, while Dunbar played a high level more recently. Both Randall and Dunbar are 29 and bring six years’ worth of experience.

Although Dunbar’s stock has dipped since his 2019 breakthrough season in Washington, the former UDFA intercepted four passes and graded as a top-five corner — per Pro Football Focus — in his final Washington slate. After changing regimes, Washington traded Dunbar to Seattle last year. He played in just six Seahawks games (all starts) before landing on IR. The Lions have kept tabs on Dunbar, despite releasing him, but the six-year vet remains a free agent.

A 2015 first-round pick, Randall played in 10 Seahawks games last season but did not start any. His most recent run as a first-stringer came with Cleveland, which used the veteran as a two-year safety starter from 2018-19. The Seahawks initially slotted Randall at safety but tried him at corner, his original NFL role, this offseason.

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Lions Have Spoken With Quinton Dunbar

The Lions just lost cornerback Jeff Okudah to an unfortunate Achilles tear, and it sounds like they may be looking outside the building to help bolster their secondary.

Detroit is “searching for CB help,” and they’ve spoken with free agent Quinton Dunbar, sources told Mike Garafolo of NFL Network (Twitter link). Those sources also said that the Lions had actually talked with Dunbar before the Okudah injury as well, so their renewed interest isn’t out of nowhere. It also sounds like they might face some competition for his services.

That’s because Garafolo notes that Dunbar “has a few options he’s sorting through” at the moment. Dunbar was with the Lions during camp, so he’s got plenty of familiarity with the system, but was cut in mid-August. He entered the league as an UDFA in 2015, and carved out quite the career for himself. He eventually became a starter in Washington, and had four interceptions in only 11 games in 2019.

Last offseason he was traded to Seattle, and after a bizarre legal situation, was eventually cleared to play. However injuries limited him to six games in his first and only season with the Seahawks, although he started all of them. Dunbar turned 29 in July.

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Lions Cut Quinton Dunbar

The Lions have released cornerback Quinton Dunbar, per a club announcement. In a related move, they’ve added running back Craig Reynolds to the 90-man roster. 

Dunbar joined the Lions in April on a one-year contract. However, it was a veteran salary benefit deal with a modest signing bonus of just $137.5K, so the Lions won’t be on the hook for much.

Dunbar — once entangled in a bizarre legal situation with friend Deandre Baker — was traded from Washington to Seattle last year. Injuries cut his season short, but the Seahawks and Cardinals still showed interest in him as a free agent. The young corner was set to join forces with Jeff Okudah, helping to replace Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman. Now, Dunbar could now wind up on his fourth team in three years.

Dunbar broke through in 2019, rating as one of Pro Football Focus’ top corners and nabbing four interceptions. He held opposing quarterbacks to a 61.2 passer rating that year, but saw just six games in 2020 thanks to knee surgery.

To date, the ex-UF Gator has 31 starts to his credit across six seasons.

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West Notes: M. Jones, Seahawks, Clinton-Dix

It has been looking increasingly likely that the 49ers will draft Alabama passer Mac Jones with the No. 3 overall pick of this year’s draft, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter said just yesterday that Jones would be the Niners’ pick. But Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network isn’t as convinced. On a recent PFN Draft Insiders podcast (link), Pauline said he is hearing that whether San Francisco goes with Jones or one of Justin Fields or Trey Lance is a 50-50 proposition.

Of course, this time of year is notorious for false leaks and misinformation, but the Niners are at least doing their due diligence on Fields. The Ohio State QB will hold a second pro day, and 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch are expected to attend.

Now for a few more West-related items:

  • The 49ers have hosted DL Ronald Blair on a visit, as ESPN’s Field Yates tweets. Blair, whom the Niners selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, was a useful piece of the team’s pass rush rotation during his first few years in the league, but he suffered a torn ACL in November 2019, and it was later revealed that the ensuing surgery was not successful. Though he re-upped with San Francisco on a one-year deal last March, he did not play in a single game in 2020.
  • Cornerback Quinton Dunbar recently signed with the Lions, but the Seahawks wanted to retain him, per Brady Henderson of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Seattle has lost both Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin in free agency, and though the club did bring Ahkello Witherspoon aboard, CB is still an area of need.
  • The Seahawks continue to seek offensive line depth. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Seattle visited with guard Cody Wichmann today (Twitter link). Wichmann, a sixth-round pick of the Rams in 2015, has managed to land a couple of reserve/futures contracts and a spot on the Cowboys’ practice squad in 2018, but he hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2016. He has 18 career starts to his credit.
  • After the first few weeks of the new league year, the Raiders still have a glaring need at safety, but they don’t seem too worried about it. According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the only FA safety Vegas was in on early was Rayshawn Jenkins, who inked a four-year, $35MM deal with the Jaguars. Players like Kenny Vaccaro, Duron Harmon, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix remain available, and the Raiders actually had Clinton-Dix in for a visit in March. Tafur suggests that the 28-year-old may have an offer in hand from Vegas and could be waiting for the market to pick back up before agreeing to a deal.

Lions To Sign CB Quinton Dunbar

Quinton Dunbar took his Lions visit Monday, and the meeting produced an agreement. Dunbar agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions, according to his agency (on Twitter). It is a veteran salary benefit deal with a $990K base salary and a $137.5K signing bonus, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

This will be the veteran cornerback’s third team in three years. Washington traded Dunbar to Seattle last season. Injuries ended Dunbar’s lone Seahawks slate early, but he will attempt to bounce back with the Lions. The Cardinals had a Dunbar visit scheduled for this week, but the Lions will prevent that summit from taking place.

The Lions are adding Dunbar to their reconfigured cornerback mix. Under a new regime, the team released veterans Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman to break up a corner troika (Trufant-Coleman-Jeff Okudah) that barely saw any time together. Okudah will now pair with Dunbar, who will reunite with ex-Washington assistant Aubrey Pleasant — Detroit’s new secondary coach.

Dunbar broke through in 2019, rating as one of Pro Football Focus’ top corners after a season in which he intercepted four passes and held opposing quarterbacks to a collective 61.2 passer rating. During a 2020 offseason that saw Dunbar encounter a legal issue that ended with charges dropped, Washington traded him to Seattle for a fifth-round pick. The 28-year-old defender played in just six games, with a knee injury and a subsequent surgery ending his season early.

Despite coming into the NFL in 2015, Dunbar has made only 31 starts. But the ex-Florida Gator entered the league as a UDFA and did not become a full-timer until 2019. He figures to be a starter alongside Okudah in 2021.

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Quinton Dunbar To Visit Cardinals, Lions

Quinton Dunbar saw his stock diminish last year, but the veteran cornerback is drawing interest as a free agent. He has secured meetings with the Cardinals and Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

After a breakout 2019 season in Washington, Dunbar was unable to secure an extension with the team’s new regime. Washington shipped one of its starting corners to Seattle for a fifth-round pick, and Dunbar did not provide much value for the Seahawks. He played just six games and could not match the performance level he established in his final Washington slate, allowing a 111 passer rating — after he had limited QBs to a collective 61.2 mark in 2019.

While the Seahawks also have a need at corner, Dunbar has not been linked to a new deal with them. He underwent knee surgery late last year. The 28-year-old defender will, however, meet with two teams in need at the position.

The rebuilding Lions cut both Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman, and 2020 No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah is recovering from an injury that ended his season early. The Cardinals separated with Patrick Peterson after 10 seasons, and 2020 Arizona contributor Dre Kirkpatrick is no longer under contract. Arizona is a bit deeper than Detroit at this juncture, having Byron Murphy and the recently signed Malcolm Butler on its roster.

Wherever he lands, Dunbar will aim to return to the heights he reached in 2019. Although he only played 11 games, the former UDFA intercepted four passes and graded as a top-five corner in the view of Pro Football Focus. Dunbar has 31 starts in six seasons. Most of those came over the past three.

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