The Detroit Lions will begin their preseason exhibition games on Friday evening against the Buffalo Bills. With just over 24 hours to go until kick-off, the team decided to let go a notable veteran defensive back.
According to an official announcement from the team on Thursday, the Lions released Quinton Dunbar to make room for free agent running back Craig Reynolds. The 29-year-old cornerback had just signed with Detroit back in April and will now be looking for another club with just a month to go before the start of the regular season.
Dunbar last played in six games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, tallying 30 total tackles and one interception. He struggled with a knee injury throughout the year and eventually underwent surgery in late December that took him out for the remainder of the campaign.
#Lions have signed free agent running back Craig Reynolds and released CB Quinton Dunbar.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 12, 2021
Dunbar came into the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with Washington. He played in 58 games for the organization, making 25 starts over five seasons.
However, Washington decided to deal Dunbar with one year left on his deal ahead of the 2020 season. The Seahawks sent a fifth-round pick back to acquire the veteran cornerback and eagerly awaited the arrival of their newest defensive back.
That arrival would end up postponed after Dunbar was arrested in May of 2020 under the suspicion of armed robbery. He pled not guilty and the charges were eventually dropped, but he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list for just over a week at the start of training camp. He joined the team in early August and was ready to play for the regular season opener.
At 29, Dunbar should still have something to give to a team that lacks depth in the secondary. However, the Lions clearly felt that he had no spot left in Detroit which doesn’t bode well for his other prospects around the league.