Bears Rumors: Robert Quinn Still Seeking Trade; 'Host of Teams' Interested

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 09: Robert Quinn #94 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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Veteran Chicago Bears pass-rusher Robert Quinn reportedly wants to be traded.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Friday, there are "a host of interested teams" but the Bears have reportedly told interested parties that they have no intention of trading Quinn.

The 32-year-old Quinn is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and is under contract through the 2024 campaign.

After finishing with just two sacks in 15 games during his first season with the Bears in 2020, Quinn exploded to the tune of 18.5 sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles last season.

As a result, Quinn was named a Pro Bowler for the third time in his 11-year NFL career.

2021 marked the fifth double-digit-sack season of Quinn's career and his second in the past three seasons, as he registered 11.5 sacks in his only season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2019.

The 18.5 sacks were the second-highest single-season total of Quinn's career, just behind the 19 sacks he racked up as a member of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2013, which yielded his only first-team All-Pro nod.

Chicago is clearly in rebuilding mode, as it traded another star pass-rusher in Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason.

There is some optimism for the future if 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields makes big strides in 2022 as the starting quarterback, but the Bears seem poised to be near the bottom of the league for at least the next couple of seasons.

That fact could be at the crux of Quinn's reported trade request since he may not have many years left to vie for a championship.

Quinn has only appeared in two playoff games during his career, and there is no postseason football on the horizon in Chicago.

If the Bears decide to field offers for Quinn, his average salary of $13.3 million per season over the next three years would be hugely enticing.

That is low compensation if Quinn can continue to do what he did last season, although year-to-year consistency has been an issue for him at times.

Still, Quinn is an experienced pass-rusher with 101 career sacks to his credit, so the Bears should have no shortage of options if they have a change of heart.