The Washington Redskins traded cornerback Quinton Dunbar to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Monday, recouping a pick in that round after trading theirs to Carolina for quarterback Kyle Allen.
Dunbar is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and had indicated that he wanted a new deal.
The timing wasn't ideal - the Redskins just changed coaches, and new boss Ron Rivera arrived to a player with contract demands that he had never worked with.
Dunbar's request wasn't without merit, though. He took over the No. 1 cornerback spot on the Redskins from Josh Norman and had done well in the position.
Rivera is focused on establishing a new culture, though, and players with contract demands aren't a part of that vision.
He unloaded Dunbar for pennies on the dollar, the same as he'll likely have to do with Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.
The moves, combined with the Redskins releasing safety Montae Nicholson on Monday, indicate that for Rivera, culture will trump production, at least in Year 1 of the regime.
Doing so gives Rivera time to scout out the landscape, though he'll also be doing so without his starting cornerback.