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The best available free agent cornerbacks Seahawks could look at

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Following the news late Thursday regarding the issuance of an arrest warrant for cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who the Seattle Seahawks recently acquired from the Washington Redskins, Dunbar’s availability for the 2020 season might be described as questionable. Obviously, the legal process still needs to play out, but the charges Dunbar faces are serious and it’s not a stretch to imagine that his NFL career may be finished. Whether that proves to be the case or not, only time will tell, however, in the meantime it seems likely the Seahawks will take another look at the cornerbacks who remain unsigned free agents.

The most recognizable names of the free agent cornerbacks still available are all players who are for the most part at or past 30. Those names include the likes of:

  • Aqib Talib, 34
  • Brandon Carr, 34
  • Tramon Williams, 37
  • Trumaine Johnson, 30
  • Dre Kirkpatrick, 30
  • Tramaine Brock, 32
  • Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, 34

Another player who will turn 30 in September that is familiar to Seahawks fans is Jamar Taylor, but based on his 2019 performance it would seem a safe bet to guess the Hawks won’t be reaching out to him.

Of the under-30 cornerbacks available, the three biggest names all belong to players who don’t possess the length that the Pete Carroll prefers on the outside. While that doesn’t necessarily rule them out completely, as past history would indicate they could remain options for the nickel corner role, but might not necessarily be in competition for the right cornerback spot with Tre Flowers.

  • Logan Ryan, 31-3/8” arms
  • Darqueze Dennard, 30-1/4” arms
  • Eli Apple, 31-3/8” arms

So, with that all said, it won’t be a surprise if the Seahawks decide to dive into the trade market and look for cornerbacks that meet their criteria in trade, just as they did with Dunbar back at the end of March. It’s anyone’s guess who could be available in trade and how much a team might demand in return. The acquisitions of both Dunbar and Quandre Diggs came as surprises to Seattle fans in the past year, and it’s not out of the question that John Schneider could dig into his bag of tricks and flip a future seventh round pick for the next Justin Coleman.

One can never say never with the Seahawks, so a third go round with DeShawn Shead can’t be completely ruled out, however unlikely it may seem. And however unlikely another Shead return might be, it’s probably more likely than the potential return of either Jeremy Lane or Byron Maxwell, who have both spent the last two years out of football.