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Report: Quinton Dunbar to skip Redskins OTAs as he enters contract year

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Redskins #1 CB wants to get paid

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NBC Washington’s JP Finlay is reporting the Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar plans to skip voluntary Organized Team Activities(OTAs) this year. Dunbar is entering the final year of a 3 year contract extension he signed two days after the 2017 season ended. The extension was worth $10.5 million, averaging $3.5 million per year which is a bargain. Dunbar has been the team’s best CB for the last few years, and he is well aware of that fact.

Finlay says Dunbar’s contract status could be a factor, but many players look at Reuben Foster’s major injury at OTAs last year as a cautionary tale. Foster’s knee injury could be career ending and it happened at a voluntary workout. Finlay doesn’t know whether Dunbar is looking for a new deal right now, or is looking forward to his first taste of free agency after the season.

Dunbar is going to get paid, either through another extension with the Redskins, or when he possibly hits free agency after this season. He has dealt with several injuries over the last few seasons that have to be taken into consideration when figuring out his value. But new Head Coach Ron Rivera fired Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess, and Dunbar was not a fan to say the least.

The Redskins are expected to move on from Josh Norman this year. He was benched for the 2nd half of the season last year, and the team will save $12.5 million. If Norman is gone, that makes Fabian Moreau and Quinton Dunbar the starting outside corners. Both players are in contract years, and the Redskins don’t have much waiting in the wings to replace them if they are injured. The Dunbar situation will be one of the first big tests of the Ron Rivera regime.