Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar will not be charged in connection with an armed robbery in Miramar, Florida, and was subsequently released from the NFL commissioner’s exempt list. A document from the Broward State Attorney’s office on Friday stated: “There is insufficient evidence to charge Quinton Dunbar in this case. Charges are therefore declined.” This puts an end to the bizarre legal case that took several shocking turns and now finishes with Seattle potentially getting their key starter back for the 2020 season. Dunbar has not been with the Seahawks since training camp opened late last month. The NFL has yet to announce whether or not Dunbar will be suspended for any games.
Dunbar had been arrested on four armed-robbery charges. New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Baker initially faced charges of both armed robbery and aggravated assault.
According to Dunbar’s attorney, Andrew Rier, the NFL had been officially notified of the case being dropped through the NFL Players Association. “We are overjoyed, Quinton is overjoyed,” Rier stated. “Quinton was never involved in this case, and the people who made these allegations have issues.”
Dunbar was participating in the team’s virtual offseason training camp from Miami when he was arrested in connection with an armed robbery that allegedly took place at a party. Dunbar’s first attorney, Michael Grieco, quickly produced affidavits from the four men at the party stating that Dunbar was not involved.
Last month, the state began looking into allegations that the affidavits were part of a cover-up scheme and that the four witnesses had been paid a combined $55,000 to change their story. Grieco took himself off the case shortly afterward.
Dunbar was acquired from Washington for a 2020 fifth-round pick in March and had been expected to take over the starting job at right cornerback, a spot previously held by Tre Flowers. The move was part of a massive overhaul of the Seahawks secondary which recently involved a mammoth trade package that brought all-star safety Jamal Adams and a 2021 4th round pick from the Jets in exchange for first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, a third-round pick in 2020 and safety Bradley McDougald.
With Dunbar rejoining the team, the Seahawks now boast arguably one of the best secondaries in the NFL.