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Seahawks CB Dunbar being removed from Exempt List – NFL.com

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar is being removed from the Commissioner’s Exempt List, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday afternoon.

Dunbar’s removal comes a day after the Broward State (Florida) Attorney’s Office announced it was declining to file criminal charges against Dunbar for his involvement in a May 13 incident in Miramar, Florida due to insufficient evidence.

The veteran cornerback is now cleared to rejoin Seattle as soon as Sunday, Pelissero added.

Charges were initially filed against Dunbar, along with New York Giants cornerback Deandre Baker, on accusations of stealing money and watches from four men at a house party in the aforementioned May 13 incident. While charges were not filed against Dunbar on Friday, Baker was charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Baker remains on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.

The NFL could investigate further if new information comes to light against Dunbar, Pelissero reported.

Baker and Dunbar, who each went to high school in Florida, surrendered on May 16 and were subsequently released on bond.

Dunbar is entering his first season with the Seahawks after he spent the previous five seasons with the Washington Football Team. Dunbar was traded to Seattle in the offseason after a 2019 campaign in which he tallied 37 tackles and eight passes defended in 11 starts last season.

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Clayton: Seahawks have their Legion of Zoom after Jamal Adams trade – 710 ESPN Seattle

New Seahawks safety Jamal Adams is already a two-time Pro Bowler at 24. (Getty)

For those who complained that the Seahawks weren’t “all-in” on going for the Super Bowl, the argument ended Saturday.

Instant Reaction: 710 ESPN Seattle on Seahawks’ trade for Jamal Adams

The Seahawks traded two first-rounders, a third-rounder and safety Bradley McDougald to the New York Jets for safety Jamal Adams and a fourth-round pick.

Even though the Seahawks were pretty well set at safety with McDougald, Quandre Diggs and Marquise Blair, general manager John Schneider was willing to give up a boatload of quality picks for a safety he considers to be one of the best defensive players in the league.

Last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded a first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. For the Steelers, he immediately played like a defensive difference-maker and drew consideration as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

Adams is considered to be a difference-maker in the same mold. Schneider and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll built two Super Bowl teams from the back to the front, starting with the Legion of Boom secondary and building around it. In this COVID-19 year, Adams is added to the Seahawks as a member of the Legion of Zoom.

Some compare Adams to a Kam Chancellor-type safety. Though he’s only had two interceptions in his career, he’s had 12 sacks in his three years in the league along with six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. Adams, who is just 24 years old, has also been selected to the last two Pro Bowls.

Last fall, the Jets talked with the Dallas Cowboys about an Adams trade that didn’t happen. Whether or not that started his resentment for being a New York Jet, his desire to leave the Jets in a trade escalated in the past couple months.

He questioned head coach Adam Gase’s ability to be a leader who could take the team to the Super Bowl. He criticized general manager Joe Douglas for not offering him a contract extension. He ripped owner Woody Johnson for accusations that he made racist and sexist remarks in his stint as an ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Back in Seattle, the Legion of Boom was built through the draft with Earl Thomas being the highest pick of the players taken in that version of Seattle’s secondary. Thomas was the first building block of the Seahawks’ championship defense as the 14th overall pick in the 2010 draft. The Legion of Zoom, however, is being built both though the draft and the trade. In addition to the trade acquisition of Adams, both Diggs and Quinton Dunbar came to the team for fifth-round draft choices.

Now the Seahawks have four Pro Bowl-quality defensive backs. Dunbar is considered a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback. Shaquill Griffin went to the Pro Bowl last year. Diggs was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018 with Detroit. Adams has been to two Pro Bowls.

Adams has been angling to be the highest-paid safety in the NFL but might be willing to stay on his Jets contract, which, at the moment, is a bargain. The Jets already paid him a $2,765,292 roster bonus. He comes to the Seahawks with an $825,000 base salary in 2020 and a $9.86 million salary in 2021. He’s hoping to get more than $14.6 million a year in an extension.

Part of Schneider’s thinking behind the Adams trade is that if the Seahawks remain a playoff team, they would not be able to draft a top six talent in the draft like Adams. That was also the Steelers’ thinking in trading for Fitzpatrick.

The Adams trade draws the Seahawks closer in talent to the San Francisco 49ers. Starting Sunday, the NFL Network will reveal the top 100 players in the league based on the vote of players. Acquiring Adams gives the Seahawks seven top 100 players, tying the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints.

Apparently, the Seahawks are all-in adding Adams to the family.

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Seahawks tried trading Russell Wilson to the Browns in 2018 for No. 1 overall pick in NFL Draft: report – Fox News

Quarterback Russell Wilson became the highest-paid player at the position in NFL history prior to the start of the 2019 season when he signed a four-year, $140 million deal, but before the extension, the Seattle Seahawks reportedly were trying to trade away one of the best players in the league.

According to NBC Sports, the Seahawks had discussions with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 regarding a trade involving Wilson and the No. 1 overall pick in that year’s NFL Draft, which the Browns ended up using on former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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The Browns said that the trade was discussed “conceptually,” according to ProFootballTalk, but they did admit that the trade “discussion did indeed happen.”

Wilson’s contract extension with the Seahawks included a no-trade clause, and that was reportedly implemented because of the “chatter regarding the potential trade to Cleveland,” per ProFootballTalk.

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The Seahawks were coming off their first season without a playoff appearance in six years, and it was the first and only time Seattle missed the postseason with Wilson under center.

ProFootballTalk also reported on Thursday that some “close to the situation” still believe that Wilson will eventually be traded. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has already stated publicly that he wants to play until he’s 45 years old and the Seahawks will pay him close to $40 million per year toward the end of his contract, so “some think it’s just a matter of time” before the Seahawks eventually move on.

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Wilson has had so much success with the Seahawks over his nine-year NFL career. Wilson, a seven-time Pro Bowler who has at least 30 touchdown passes in four of his last five seasons, is a yearly contender for NFL MVP, and he’s never missed a start, which proves that he’s one of the most durable and productive players in the league.

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