As the Washington Redskins usher in a new era after the firing of GM Bruce Allen and head coach Jay Gruden, they have already made some noticeably major moves in free agency, but perhaps none as significant as their most recent trade. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Redskins have traded cornerback Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Washington will be receiving a fifth-round draft pick in return.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 23, 2020
Comp update: Seahawks are sending Washington a 5th-round pick in exchange for CB Quinton Dunbar, per source.
So Redskins trade a 5 for QB Kyle Allen, get back a 5 for Dunbar.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 23, 2020
Though the Redskins did waive Josh Norman earlier in the offseason, it had been Quinton Dunbar over the past couple of seasons who had become one of the faces of Washington’s secondary. Coming into the league as an undrafted wide receiver, Dunbar transitioned to the cornerback position seamlessly and had started to make a real impact for Washington.
Now Washington will head into 2020 without their two starting corners from a season ago. Though they did sign free agent Kendall Fuller, their secondary is continuing to run thinner and thinner. The Redskins have also been linked to free-agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland but no deal is currently imminent.
For the Seahawks, they add a quality young player who is in the final year of his contract. A large part of Dunbar’s uneasiness with the Redskins stemmed from them not being able to meet his price point on a potential new deal. Now, the Seahawks will likely have to find a way to work out an extension that works for both sides after giving up a draft pick. With Dunbar, Norman and Montae Nicholson all off the books over the past few days, expect Washington to make another move or two to bolster their secondary as free agency continues.