The two teams are still working out minor kinks, Rapoport said Thursday, but Quinn appears to be headed to Dallas.
Sources: The #Cowboys and Dolphins have parameters in place on a trade to send pass-rusher Robert Quinn to Dallas. There are still minor issues to work out with Quinn’s agent, but the #Cowboys are expected to land a big piece on the edge of their defense.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2019
ESPN’s Todd Archer reported the Cowboys were giving up a sixth-round pick in 2020 for the veteran defender.
The Cowboys have agreed to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn from the Miami Dolphins for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, according to multiple sources. https://t.co/8Wm4BrVMLC
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 28, 2019
Quinn recorded 6.5 sacks last season, his first in Miami. He spent his first seven years with the Los Angeles Rams and was acquired in a trade with the Dolphins in March 2018.
With the Rams, Quinn established himself as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. He had 62.5 sacks, which ranks third in franchise history, and he made two Pro Bowls while the team was in St. Louis.
Quinn’s best season came in 2013, when he finished second in the NFL with 19 sacks. That year he was also named a first-team All-Pro and led the league in tackles for loss.
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said Quinn is expected to agree to a new one-year deal with the Cowboys. Quinn was entering the final year of his deal and was due $11.8 million.
Big opportunity for Robert Quinn, who should get a lot of opportunities to rush the passer from the right side in Dallas … and can hit the market again next year at age 29. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/3SnAizYegn
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2019
“It’s a unique opportunity for Quinn now on a Cowboys team that certainly thinks it can be pretty good,” Pelissero said. “If he can have a big year in a spot where he’s gonna have opportunity because no more Randy Gregory, no more David Irving, the DeMarcus Lawrence situation remains to be seen — if he can produce there … he can be a pass rusher back on the market next March at age 29, at a position that we saw even older guys like Terrell Suggs and Cameron Wake this year got paid.”
Quinn definitely fills a need due to the issues that the other Cowboys pass rushers are going through.
Gregory has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he’ll miss at least the 2019 season before he can apply for reinstatement.
Irving announced that he’s quitting football earlier this month one week after he had also been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Lawrence hasn’t been suspended, but he was franchise tagged. He and the Cowboys are reportedly far apart on a new deal.
The Athletic reported that the Cowboys offered Lawrence an average of $20 million per season, but he turned down the offer and wants $22.5 million per season.
Despite having the No. 6 scoring defense last season, the Cowboys were tied for just 16th with 39 sacks.
Their lack of a pass rush was even more apparent in the postseason when Jared Goff wasn’t sacked and was hit just once as the Los Angeles Rams eliminated Dallas from the playoffs.
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