Quinton Dunbar was yesterday's villain for daring to request his release or trade. Today Doc Walker is reporting that Dunbar told him he didn't request his release or trade, he just wants to know where he stands with the new regime. John Keim, who originally reported his request confirmed it did indeed happen.
Dunbar and the Redskins were reportedly in negotiations for an extension to the 3-year, $10.5 million extension he signed two years ago. Then Bruce Allen got fired, and Eric Schaffer left. Dunbar has zero guaranteed money left on the final year of his deal, and was anxious to get a new deal done.
Ron Rivera, who finalized his coaching staff, stated they would begin full team evaluations this week. Talks started up with disgruntled LT Trent Williams on Monday. Dunbar presumably got anxious and first said he was skipping OTAs, then made the request to move on.
Washington needs CBs, and Dunbar is their best one on the roster. Josh Norman is likely getting released this year, leaving Dunbar and Fabian Moreau as the starters. Both players are entering contract years.
If Dunbar is walking back his request, he likely heard the blowback from fans, and probably talked to the Redskins about his situation. Ron Rivera will determine whether Dunbar is a part of the Redskins future, and how much the team is willing to pay him when they meet tomorrow. Will that be enough for Dunbar?
Encouraging #Redskins news: @RickDocWalker just got off the phone with Quinton Dunbar, who said that he isn't requesting to be traded or released; just wants to know where he stands. Also said that he is set to meet with Ron Rivera on Thursday. So this appears to be salvageable.— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) February 12, 2020
I can confirm he asked for a trade the other night yes. This did not come out of thin air. Beyond that we’ll see.— John Keim (@john_keim) February 12, 2020
What Dunbar told Doc should not be interpreted as Keim having been wrong. He was right. I would interpret this as Dunbar softening his stance or at least trying to appear as if he's softening his stance.— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) February 12, 2020