The Dolphins continue to navigate through the early stages of free agency and prepare for the upcoming draft. And it appears, at least for now, they’re staying committed to a high-priced defensive player. This after the Fins elected to pick up Robert Quinn’s roster bonus on Thursday.
With Robert Quinn still on the roster, the Dolphins will indeed pay his $1.1 million roster bonus. They could still cut or trade him and owe nothing more in 2019.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) March 14, 2019
So Quinn, who will turn 29 later this offseason, is set to come back for a second season in South Florida. However, that has been up for debate due to a new coaching staff coming in and Quinn’s large non-guaranteed salary, which has him slated to make nearly $13 million for 2019.
As of Friday morning, it’s not clear and hasn’t been announced by the team that Quinn elected to restructure his deal in any way to assure that he would be on the roster for new coach Brian Flores this season.
Miami acquired Quinn in a trade last March from the L.A. Rams to provide them veteran pass rush presence off the right end, specifically. Quinn had only moderate success on a defensive line that struggled largely throughout the year. He finished with six sacks and 9.5 TFLs, while starting all 16 games for Miami.
And, former first-round pick Charles Harris has completely underachieved, and he appears at this point, to be a bust. Fellow veteran Cameron Wake had a decent 2018, but he has now left via free agency and a lucrative deal for the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.
And with the Dolphins already salary-cap strapped, many were wondering whether or not Quinn would be sacrificed to free up some cap space? The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported last week that GM Chris Grier was shopping Quinn before the looming deadline to pay the bonus:
From Up to the Minute: The #Dolphins have had trade conversations about pass-rusher Robert Quinn, who could be released for salary reasons if they don't find a partner. Another productive pass-rusher potentially on the market. pic.twitter.com/sN1zqVdCFh
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2019
It is entirely possible that Miami is still shopping Quinn for that possible draft pick upcoming in April.
Still, that would require a team to either take on his $12+ million salary or most assuredly, Quinn would want a new deal from a new club that extends in years and dollars.
Now, we wait for the Dolphins to make their move, or publicly back bringing Quinn back.
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