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Where Could Robert Quinn Be Traded?

  • Justin Melo
  • October 19, 2022
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The rebuilding Chicago Bears may be sellers ahead of the NFL trade deadline (Nov. 1). General manager Ryan Poles has flashed a willingness to part with aging players in exchange for future draft capital throughout the early portion of his tenure (Khalil Mack comes to mind). EDGE Robert Quinn is easily one of Chicago’s most attractive pieces. Quinn is on the trading block, according to multiple reports.

The new Bears regime inherited Quinn from the previous decision-makers. Quinn hasn’t been as impactful in Matt Eberflus‘ system. Quinn has recorded just 1.0 sack through seven contests this season despite totaling 18.5 sacks last year. Quinn remains a difference-making pass rusher despite his current lack of high-end production.

Quinn is under contract through the 2024 campaign, but a legitimate postseason contender can justify acquiring Quinn as a one-year rental given the structure of his contract. Quinn may be traded before November marks its arrival. We’ve identified three teams that should consider pulling the trigger.

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Could a heartwarming reunion come to fruition? Quinn originally entered the league as the No. 14 overall selection of the then St. Louis Rams in the 2011 NFL Draft. Quinn spent the first seven seasons (2011-17) of his career with the Rams while racking up 62.5 sacks along the way, including a career-high 19.0 quarterback takedowns in 2013.

The Rams could certainly utilize Quinn’s services. Sean McVay’s Rams have recorded 12.0 sacks through six contests while receiving zero production from pass rushers whose names don’t rhyme with Daron Aonald. All jokes aside, Donald leads all Rams defenders with 24 quarterback pressures. No other Ram has recorded more than nine pressures. Starting EDGE Leonard Floyd has yet to record a sack this campaign. Rams general manager Les Snead may aggressively attempt to improve the Rams’ non-existent pass rush.

The 3-3 Rams haven’t given up hope on defending last season’s Super Bowl triumph. They remain tied for first place in the NFC West despite fielding a weakened roster. Reinforcements such as Quinn are required for McVay’s Rams to possess legitimate postseason aspirations.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Pass-rushing production hasn’t been an issue for the 6-0 Eagles. Jonathan Gannon’s defense has totaled 17.0 sacks this season. Acquiring Quinn would be a response to some unfortunate injury news for the Super Bowl-contending Eagles. Derek Barnett suffered a season-ending injury during Philadelphia’s season opener. 

Hasson Reddick leads all Eagles defenders with 4.5 sacks. The aging Brandon Graham remains situationally effective but has yet to play 50% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps in a single showing. Former FSU standout Janarius Robinson is also on IR. 

General manager Howie Roseman spearheaded the success his Eagles are currently achieving by enjoying a particularly aggressive offseason in the talent acquisition department. Why stop now? The Eagles have been productive in the wake of Barnett’s injury, but the trade deadline represents a last-ditch opportunity for them to replace Barnett’s expected snap count by acquiring a difference-maker. Quinn is that type of player, and the Eagles should load up for a run at the Lombardi.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

The Chiefs didn’t apply enough pressure on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in Sunday’s 24-20 loss at Arrowhead. Allen was sacked on just one occasion and routinely extended the pocket and manufactured plays off-script. It was the continuation of a common theme for the Chiefs’ defense, which has recorded just 14.0 sacks through six contests.

Carlos Dunlap and Frank Clark have combined for 3.5 sacks this season. A cornerback (L’Jarius Snead) is currently tied for the Chiefs’ team lead in sacks (3.0). Kansas City needs to start applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks with more consistency.

The Chiefs and Bills are on a collision course heading towards this season’s AFC Championship Game. Both squads may consider loading up ahead of the deadline. For the Chiefs, that should include defensive reinforcements. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach once considered acquiring Quinn via blockbuster trade. Veach should revisit the thought.