According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions have scheduled a visit with free agent cornerback Quinton Dunbar next week. Dunbar is also reportedly scheduled to meet with the Arizona Cardinals sometime next week. The order of those visits is not clear from Rapoport’s tweet.
Dunbar is a six-year veteran despite entering the NFL as an undrafted wide receiver in 2015. He found a home with the Washington Football Team and quickly rose to be a significant contributor at outside cornerback. By 2018, he had earned a three-year extension worth $10.5 million in Washington. That year, he became a full-time starting cornerback, but a shin injury cost him nine games of the season. He started 11 the next season, tallying eight passes defended and a career-high four interceptions.
Last year, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, but he once again struggled to fight through injury. He managed to stay healthy for just six games last season before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury.
The former SEA and WAS CB, Quinton Dunbar, has had two very different seasons the past two years— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) March 30, 2021
87.6 OVR (3rd)
89.5 COV (2nd)
56.9 PR Allowed (9th)
47.7 OVR (119th)
44.2 COV (119th)
101.5 PR Allowed (79th)#OnePride https://t.co/56FY6acqMc
Earlier this week, Lions general manager Brad Holmes noted that the team was still very interested in adding to their thin cornerback group.
“The corner position, I can say it with more than just the corner position, it’s a position that we’ll continue to address now (and) throughout the entire process, up into the draft, and even after the draft if need be. It’s definitely a position that is not going to be overlooked or ignored,” Holmes said.
Dunbar’s fit with the team would be interesting. He’s mostly worked as an outside cornerback, and he could potentially compete with either Jeff Okudah or Amani Oruwariye for a starting job. Meanwhile, the Lions still have no clear starter at the nickel corner spot, and Dunbar doesn’t appear to be the answer there.