Seahawks’ Dunbar removed from NFL’s Commissioner’s Exempt List

Aug 8, 2020, 2:19 PM
Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar...
Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar has been removed from the Commissioner's Exempt List. (Getty)

Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar’s good week just got even better, as the 28-year old defensive back not only received word that he was not going to be charged for armed robbery in Florida, but on Saturday, he was removed from the NFL’s Commissioner’s Exepmt List, opening the door for him to join his new team at training camp and begin practicing.

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NFL Network’s Tom Peliseero was first with the report.

Dunbar was placed on the list in late July, which effectively meant that he was unable to practice or appear in games, though he could have done some activities with the team if he and the team agreed to it, though Dunbar has not been with the Seahawks since they reported to camp, but that’s likely changing in the very near future.

In May, Dunbar was accused of armed robbery alongside Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and one other man, days after they reportedly lost tens of thousands of dollars in high-stakes gambling. The two were accused of robbing a cookout at gunpoint of cash and watches. A warrant was issued for the two players’ arrests, and though they both maintained their innocence, they turned themselves in and were released on bail.

Dunbar’s first attorney alleged that he had sworn statements from witnesses saying Dunbar did not participate in any sort of illegal activity, but it was later reported that those alleged victims and witnesses were given payments to change their stories at his attorney’s office. Dunbar changed attorneys and late this past week, it was announced that Dunbar would not be charged with the four counts of armed robbery due to insufficient evidence.

Though Dunbar is removed from the exempt list and is not facing legal trouble, he can still be suspended by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy and per Pelissero, the league could decide to continue to investigate the incident and suspend him if new information arises.

Whether or not that will happen is unclear, but Dunbar being removed from the list and allowed to practice is a big move for a Seahawks defense that suddenly boasts one of the most talented secondaries in the NFL.

If Dunbar starts, he would be suiting up with All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, Pro Bowl alternate safety Quandre Diggs and Pro Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin in Seattle’s secondary. Dunbar, who was an undrafted free agent out of Florida, where he was a receiver, has emerged as a very capable cornerback in the NFL and was Pro Football Focus’ second-rated cornerback in 2019.

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