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Report- Dolphins shopping DE Robert Quinn

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The Miami Dolphins are in a similar position as a lot of teams right now trying to find salary cap money for upcoming free agency. And it comes as no surprise that defensive end Robert Quinn’s name is being mentioned for a possible trade or release.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on the Thursday afternoon show “Up to the Minute” that the Dolphins and GM Chris Grier are actively looking for a trade partner for the soon to be 29 year-old Quinn:

 

We wrote previously about the salary cap problems that Miami is having and how Quinn was one of their top candidates to perhaps be on the move either in a trade or an outright release.

Quinn, who came over in a trade from L.A. Rams last March, is in the final year of his deal slated to make $12.9 million, and importantly, none of which is guaranteed. He is also owed a $1.1 million dollar signing bonus coming up on March 15th.

Further inhibiting a possible trade of Quinn is not just the price tag, but the fact that, this year’s NFL Draft is loaded with defensive ends and “Edge” rushers. And, there may be as many as six of them get taken in the first round alone.

Therefore, there may not be much market for an 8 year veteran with a large salary.

New Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ background is in defense and one thing you know out of the mindset of the Patriots where he’s come from is: they don’t spend a lot. This is especially not on veterans, and you could easily see Quinn being told to take a massive pay cut or to “take a hike” in this situation.

Miami also has concerns for the cap with whether they are going to release QB Ryan Tannehill and suffer the massive “dead cap” hit of $13.4 million for this year, if they do.

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