A Sunday night report says there a second suitor for the Dolphins to possibly trade high-priced defensive end Robert Quinn to, but it remains to be seen if it’s really the team he wants to play for, when it all settles
First, the report came from Ft. Worth Star Telegram Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill, Jr. about Quinn’s next visit:
Per source, Dolphins DE Robert Quinn is visiting Saints Monday. Cowboys still interested in trading for him. Had him in for visit last week to check it out
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 25, 2019
However, as HIll suggests, Dallas may be the stronger player, if, Miami actually is going to deal him.
We wrote last week about the report that Quinn and the Cowboys were meeting and that a possible trade could be in the works from Miami and GM Chris Grier to attempt to off load part of Quinn’s salary. This would be, just as they did in dealing QB Ryan Tannehill in a trade to the Tennessee Titans 10 days ago. The Fins have to absorb a dead cap hit for 2018, but, by paying a large part of Tannehill’s new 2019 contract with the Titans, they relieved their salary cap from next season. And, they got a fourth round pick in the 2020 draft in return.
It appears, that owner Stephen Ross has signed off on doing something similar with the 29 year-old Quinn, if there’s a taker that’s willing to give Miami a decent draft pick.
Of course, Quinn still has some value for Flores and new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s pass rush, and it’s entirely possible that Miami will just hang on to the pass rusher that they acquired from the Rams 12 months ago. Quinn had 6.5 sacks playing in all 16 games a year ago for Miami, and the Dolphins already lost veteran and former Pro Bowl DE, Cam Wake, to free agency.
Still, another factor is the 2019 NFL draft is loaded with “Edge” rushers, and Miami could easily reload with one in the middle of the first round or in round two. The Dolphins already used a first-round pick two years ago on Missouri defensive end Charles Harris, who has greatly underachieved.
So, that is part of the discussion and scenarios on keeping Quinn, too.
The “feel,” though, is if Dallas wants to make the deal, that’s where Quinn will end up.
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