While it was not the anticipated DE Jadeveon Clowney signing the Seattle Seahawks made a splash signing that brought smiles to Seahawks Nation. The Seahawks traded a 5th round draft to Washington for cornerback Quinton Dunbar. Once heads stopped nodding and Facetiming stopped due to Social distance caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the inquiry began. Who and what kind of player the Seahawks get in the trade?
CAN LIGHTING STRIKE TWICE?
Dunbar spent four years at the University of Florida as a wide receiver and became one of the top free agents after being passed up in the 2015 draft. Washington signed the free agent to a contract and switched him to you guessed it, cornerback, during his first year. Washington was impressed with Dunbar’sability to jam receivers during punt return drills. Similar to Richard Sherman Dunbar switched positions. The difference is that Sherman made the switch at Stanford while still in College. After starting 14 games in four years Dunbar had his best year in 2019 starting 11 games before being placed on the injured reserve list for a hamstring injury. In 2018 Dunbar signed a three-year contract and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
BETTING ON SELF
Like many players in the NFL Dunbar wanted some security and asked to have his contract re-negotiated before the 2021 season. Newly hired coach Ron Rivera said thanks but no thanks and the deal was done. According to overthecap.com Dunbar was scheduled to make $3.25 million in 2020. As for who and what type of player the Seahawks traded for, only time will tell and history looks to be on Hawks side.
SEAHAWKS AND THAT COMPETITION THING
In 2019 the Seahawks defense 22nd in the NFL in scoring defense overall and rushing yards allowed, 27th in passing yards allowed and 16th in red-zone defense. What helped out the Seahawks was their ability to create turnovers, 32 of them which was third-best in the NFL. What remains long in Seahawks fan’s memory was the defense’s inability to stop the Green Bay Packers on third down during the NFC Divisional Playoff game in Lambeau Field. The villain for Hawk Nation is Tre Flowers. The acquisition by the Seahawks is consistent with the team’s philosophy of competition brings out talent with equates to wins, lots of them.