The Chicago Bears have traded pass-rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles. In return the Bears will receive a fourth round pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.
The Bears have been rumored to have been shopping Quinn since the offseason, and trade discussions started to heat up as the trade deadline approaches. Quinn, coming off a campaign that found him setting the Bears single season sack record with 18.5, has only 1 seven games into the season. Although his numbers are down, he’s performed well setting the edge and forcing runners inside. The Bears will rely on rookie Dominique Robinson and veterans Trevis Gipson and Al-Quadin Muhammad to play primary edge roles.
Quinn will join an undefeated Eagles roster that ranks 10th in the league in sacks and is allowing 17.5 PPG. It is hoped by the Eagles that Quinn can be a productive veteran presence in a young defense gearing up for a super bowl run.
To receive the 4th rounder, the Bears had to bite the bullet and pay the remaining 7.9 million dollars on the current year of his contract. Cutting ties after this year is Ryan Poles’ way of getting money off the books and saving later down the line. It will be up to the Eagles from that point onward to keep him for his remaining two years, or to cut ties and release him.
The Bears new front office have made it apparent that they plan to build this roster through the draft, and this move brings them one step closer to that goal. Another mid round draft pick in a loaded class is a great way to build depth and bring in young players. It is a very good return when considering Quinn’s age, production, and remaining contract.
The Bears will be taking on Quinn’s former team the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at noon. Whether more moves by Ryan Poles are on the horizon have yet to be seen, but something that should be monitored.