Paulsen says Washington is still high on Dunbar as their No. 1 cornerback on the roster and is aware of regulations in the new CBA that make it more difficult for players to hold out.
Dunbar had previously confirmed his request for a fresh start after extension negotiations with Washington had broken off following the change in regime. Dunbar also said he planned to skip voluntary OTA’s without a new contract.
A month ago, Josina Anderson of ESPN reported Dunbar’s camp reached out to the Redskins about a “reasonable contract restructure.” However, Washington declined the conversation.
According to Anderson, Dunbar is “resolute in his desire to be released or traded.”
This will be a situation to watch, as Dunbar is one of the better young cornerbacks in the NFL and could be an appealing option to a number of teams around the league.
However, it appears Washington is not ready to just give him away yet.
Dunbar, 27, originally signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Florida back in 2015. He was waived at the start of the 2015 season and was later added to the Redskins’ practice squad before being promoted a few weeks later.
Washingon re-signed Dunbar to a three-year, $10.5 million extension through the 2020 season in January of last year. He’s set to make a base salary of $3.25 million next season.
In 2019, Dunbar appeared in 11 games and recorded 37 total tackles, one tackle for loss, four interceptions and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 2 overall cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Dunbar as the news is available.