Three potential trade destinations for Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

The wild offseason of Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar continued on Saturday night when reports surfaced that Washington has been shopping the cornerback in trade talks.

Dunbar first requested a trade in February, but walked back his request just days later. However, reports surfaced a few days after that the cornerback still wants out

The 27-year-old enters the 2020 season with one year left on his contract worth around $3 million, but with no guarantees. After turning in his best season as a pro in 2019 -- Dunbar recorded a career-high four interceptions and was ranked the No. 2 cornerback by Pro Football Focus --  he has a decent case for wanting a new deal.

Since taking over as the Redskins head coach, Ron Rivera has preached the need to establish a culture in Washington where everyone buys in. So, if Dunbar's current status doesn't fit that mold, Rivera might not want him around, anyway. 

So, where will the cornerback land? Here are three potential trade destinations.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dunbar has always had a solid relationship with former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. The cornerback owes much of his NFL success to his former coach. It was Gruden who turned Dunbar, an undrafted wide receiver from Florida, into a cornerback.

Gruden is now the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, and the team needs cornerbacks (something no Jaguars fan would have thought possible just two years ago). The Jaguars shipped All-Pro Jalen Ramsey to Los Angeles last October in exchange for two first-round picks and sent A.J. Bouye to Denver in exchange for a fourth-rounder this past week.

For a team that's in rebuild mode and stockpiling draft picks, parting with one of their mid-round selections in exchange for Dunbar would not be a bad decision. At age 27, Dunbar is still young and has plenty of football left in the tank. He's outplayed every contract he's had, and the Jaguars could likely lock him up on an extension that doesn't break the bank.

2. Las Vegas Raiders

No team has been more active in free agency than the Raiders, as they continue to try to make a splash entering their first season in the Gambling Capital of the World.

Acquiring Dunbar wouldn't necessarily be the splash they're looking for, but the investment would be plenty worthwhile. The Raiders shored up their linebacking corps by signing Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski in free agency, but still have issues at cornerback.

As it stands now, the Raiders top two cornerbacks would by Trayvon Mullen and newly-signed veteran Eli Apple. Dunbar would be a significant upgrade over both of them, and should not cost them too much in return.

3. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have much desired to upgrade at cornerback, but that desire has turned into a must after releasing Xavier Rhodes and seeing Trae Waynes walk in free agency.

Rhodes' release was expected, especially after allowing 84% of passes thrown his way to be completed in 2019. Waynes was the team's best cover cornerback a year ago, but the unit was nothing spectacular as a whole. Now, Waynes is headed to Cincinnati. 

Adding Dunbar would address perhaps the biggest weakness in an overall solid Vikings defense. Playing in a division where the Vikings face standout wide receivers Davante Adams, Kenny Golladay and Allen Robinson each twice a season, Minnesota simply must improve on the outside. 

After trading Stefon Diggs to Buffalo, the Vikings have 12 selections in the upcoming draft, including two picks in each of the third and fourth rounds. Would one of those picks -- or maybe a combination of two -- be enough to lure the Redskins? It's certainly worth picking up the phone and asking.

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Three potential trade destinations for Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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