The Chicago Bears traded veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Teams declared their terms of the trade afternoon of Wednesday, remaining Quinn’s physical.
Quinn has been with the Bears since April 2020, when he signed a five-year, $70 million contract as a free agent. A league source confirmed to ESPN that the Bears are taking on the bulk of Quinn’s 2022 salary.
It’s the third time Quinn has been traded over his NFL 12-year career and the 2nd time to a team in the East NFC. From the Rams to the Miami Dolphins Quinn was sent in 2018 and after that to the Dallas Cowboys.
After a year Quinn has been the subject of trade rumours all offseason after Chicago hired a new Bears front office and coaching staff that shared more than 20 players from the previous Bears regime. He also traded teammate Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers in March for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick.
A three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, Quinn set the Bears’ single-season sack record with 18.5 in 2021. Although his stats were flat this season, he is considered one of the most productive players in the NFL. He has one sack, 3 quarterbacks ts, and 2 tackles for an overall eight total tackles in 7 matches the current season.
Bears forward Rokan Smith was emotional during Wednesday’s news conference when asked about the trade report.
Quinn, the Bears’ 2021 Jeff Dickerson Media Player of the Year Award, is a respected member of the locker room and team captain. Pole reflected on the emotional side of this trade several times on Wednesday.
The Eagles are not lacking for rushing production – 17 sacks and 39 quarterback hits in six games – but they look to add depth at key positions after losing defensive end Derek Barnett for the season with a torn ACL in the opener. Detroit Lions.
Quinn joined Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham and Tarron Jackson, who combined for 5.5 sacks.
Quinn reported in time for training camp after missing the entire Bears season, including the Bears’ mandatory minicamp in June. He then said he didn’t expect it to go anywhere, citing the uncertainty of the decision, which was beyond his control.
Quinn was on the field for 67.86% of his defensive snaps, leading all Chicago defensemen. The Bears landed a fifth-round pick in May on Dominique Robinson, who looks to play a big role behind fellow linebackers Al-Quadin Muhammad and Travis Gipson.
The Poles said they don’t plan to trade Quinn during the offseason. What changed his mind was the Bears’ other performances this season.
Quinn, 32, is the oldest defenseman on Chicago’s roster and is not expected to factor into the team’s long-term plans. He makes $18.237 million in 2023 and has about $7.9 million more than his $12.8 million base salary in 2022.
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