Just last week, after Quinton Dunbar was given permission to travel to Seattle for training camp—where he “would be welcome” according to Seahawks GM John Schneider—the question became whether the league would allow the cornerback to participate.
As The Athletic’s legal analyst Daniel Wallach pointed out, Dunbar was charged with a violent crime and thus met the requirements to be placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list would keep Dunbar away from the team while his legal proceedings, as well as the league’s investigation, played out.
On Monday, a day before Seattle is set to open training camp, we got our answer. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, both Dunbar and Giants cornerback Deandre Baker was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.
As a result, Dunbar will be on a paid leave and not count against the Seahawks’ roster while he is on the commissioner's exempt list. Though there is no timeline for when Dunbar could come off and be available to Seattle, his status is unlikely to change until either the legal or league’s investigation is concluded.
After a whirlwind several months, with Dunbar’s outlook seemingly changing on a weekly basis, it appears as though the Seahawks will be without their new cornerback in 2020.