Just when you thought the NFL offseason would quiet down as the league prepares for the draft, a major trade and an under-the-radar signing have changed the landscape for the Seahawks.

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Here’s what you need to know:

The story: Quinton Dunbar signs with Detroit Lions

The question: How secure will the CB position be in 2021?

The Seahawks’ cornerback room lost another free agent, though this one will take significantly less of a toll than Shaquill Griffin. Defensive back Quinton Dunbar has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per his agency. The signing followed a visit with the team Monday.

The 28-year-old Dunbar was acquired by Seattle via trade with the Washington Football Team last offseason. Then considered the highlight of the Seahawks’ free agency additions, unexpected legal troubles sidelined much of Dunbar’s offseason. His appearance in just six games and eventual IR stint concluded a season that fell well short of expectations for the veteran defensive back, who had a stellar 2019 campaign with Washington.

His departure doesn’t leave a hole close to the one left by Griffin, now with Jacksonville, but Dunbar signing with the Lions does leave Seattle with one less option at what’s become its thinnest position group on defense. And as underwhelming as some fans felt Dunbar’s stint in Seattle was, he earned one of Pro Football Focus’ best coverage grades the year prior and has a much higher ceiling than his 2020 performance would indicate (that season, by the way, including a nagging knee injury that hampered him throughout a dismal loss to the Buffalo Bills).

Upside or not, Dunbar is out of Seattle, which leaves the Seahawks with just a few experienced veterans. Leading the pack is 2018 draft pick Tre Flowers, 2019 draft pick Ugo …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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