Quinton Dunbar aiming to visit Arizona Cardinals next week
By Jim Koch
As early as last week, the Arizona Cardinals appeared to be in major trouble at the cornerback position. Then, on March 25th, the club signed Malcolm Butler to take over as their number-one cover guy. That job had become vacant just days before when eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson left the Cards for the Minnesota Vikings.
According to various reports, Arizona is now looking to add even more depth to their defensive backfield. Quinton Dunbar, a seventh-year professional, is scheduled to visit the desert next week. The 28-year old is looking for work after spending the 2020 campaign with the Seattle Seahawks.
The past year has been far from a memorable one for Dunbar. In May of ’20, the Miami native and New York Giants corner Deandre Baker were alleged to have committed armed robbery at a Florida house party. All charges against Dunbar were dropped the following August, and the unfortunate incident was put behind him.
Dunbar’s one and only season with the Seahawks was also forgettable. A knee injury kept the 6’2, 202 pounder out of action for 10 games. In the six matchups he did appear in, Dunbar registered 30 tackles, an interception and five passes defensed for Seattle.
Dunbar entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent back in 2015, signing a three-year contract with the Washington Football Team. The talented defender played his college ball as a wide receiver at the University of Florida. In 49 collegiate contests, Dunbar hauled in 111 passes for 1,500 yards and eight touchdowns for the Gators.
In August of ’15, Washington moved Dunbar to cornerback. During his rookie campaign, the youngster totaled 13 tackles, a pick and five pass breakups in 11 appearances (two starts). In the five years he spent in the nation’s capital, Dunbar tallied 150 tackles, nine interceptions and 35 passes defensed for the Football Team.
Last December, Dunbar had surgery on the knee that hampered him throughout the 2020 season. However, the veteran is expected to be healthy by the time the 2021 season-opener rolls around. Dunbar would be a nice finishing touch on a Cardinals secondary that is suddenly coming together nicely.