The veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn was dealt by the Chicago Bears to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round draught pick. The deal was announced Wednesday afternoon contingent upon Quinn’s successful completion of a physical.
Since joining the Bears as a free agent in April 2020, Quinn has been paid a total of $70 million over the course of his five-year contract.
Ryan Poles general manager of the Bears said that “the harsh decisions you have to make” were a challenging aspect of his role. When you make a decision that affects a man, you know that decision has ripple effects throughout his life and the lives of his loved ones.
You’re sort of rocking that to its foundations, and I don’t take that lightly and am very sensitive to it. You are also aware that you are altering the very fabric of your locker room, which is no little matter.
And from a business perspective, it was essential to our goals. It will help us keep assembling a group that can compete at the highest levels.
As his third trade in the NFL and second to a team in the NFC East, this marks a significant milestone in Quinn’s 12-year NFL career. For the 2018 season, the Rams traded Quinn to the Miami Dolphins. The next season, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
Chicago installed a new front office and coaching staff, and more than 20 players from the old regime were released, including Quinn, who was the focus of trade rumors throughout the offseason. These moves included March’s trade with the Los Angeles Chargers for pass-rusher Khalil Mack for the second and sixth-round picks in 2022 and 2023.
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Quinn set a Bears franchise record with 18.5 sacks in a single season. Even though his numbers have plateaued this year, he is still considered a top pass rusher in the NFL. He has made eight tackles (1 sack, 3 QB hits, and 2 TFLs) in seven games this season.
Roquan Smith a linebacker for the Bears, reportedly cried when asked about the trade rumors during a press conference on Wednesday.
Smith said as he wiped away tears, “Let me take a second for a second if you don’t mind.” I really look up to that person, you know. Damn. Crazy.”
Quinn is a leader on the field and in the locker room for the Bears, earning him the 2021 Jeff Dickerson Media Good Guy Award. On Wednesday, investors from Poland mulled over the personal impact of this deal several times.
With 17 sacks and 39 quarterback hits through six games, the Eagles haven’t been short in pass-rush productivity, but they still wanted to bolster their roster in a vital area after losing defensive end Derek Barnett for the year to an ACL rupture in the season opener against the Detroit Lions.
Together, Quinn, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham and Tarron Jackson have racked up 5.5 sacks this season.
I think he’ll be a terrific addition to the team. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts remarked, “He has a reputation of being a tremendous defensive end and edge rusher, and I think he’ll help us out in a variety of ways.” A lot of nuances, and I can’t wait to meet him on Thursday (when he’s expected to arrive).
Despite missing the Bears’ entire offseason program, including June’s obligatory minicamp, Quinn showed up on time for training camp. When asked about his future plans, he replied, “I never anticipated going anyplace,” underlining the unpredictability of a decision outside his control.
I’ve been traded twice,” Quinn admitted in July. One day, you just become bored of always changing locations. I like to think I did okay last year, but I suppose I’ll have to keep trying to prove myself wrong. I anticipate being present, but if I am not, I suppose it is beyond my control. I’m going to take things easy, hang out with the fellas, and see where life takes me.
Out of all of Chicago’s defensive linemen, Quinn has played in 67.86% of defensive snaps. In May’s fifth round, the Bears selected edge rusher Dominique Robinson, who is expected to see increased playing time behind starters Al-Quadin Muhammad and Trevis Gipson.
In the offseason, Poles stated that he had no intention of dealing Quinn. His opinion shifted as a result of the play of the Bears’ other pass-rushers this year.
The 32-year-old Quinn was the team’s senior defensive player but was not anticipated to be a part of the Bulls’ future. Approximately $7.9 million of his $12.8 million basic salary for 2022 remains, while his cap hit for 2023 is $18.237 million.
Over the Cap estimates that the Bears (3-4), with the highest salary cap room in the NFL, will be about $134 million in 2023.
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