The Chicago Bears traded pass rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports. The Eagles are sending a fourth-round pick to the Bears in return for Quinn, ESPN reported.
“I’m gonna come in and do my part,” Quinn said to reporters on Thursday. “They’ve been rocking and rolling, and I’m gonna add whatever I can to help make this team better.”
Chris Long, analyst for The 33rd Team and former Philadelphia defensive lineman, believes Quinn is a perfect fit for the Eagles’ defensive line.
“He’s 32 years old, but he can still really bend,” Long said about his former Rams teammate. “[The Eagles] are a team with a lot of rushers, but if you looked at what we had in 2017 on our Super Bowl run, you can never have enough of them.”
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On Monday, analyst Mike Giddings of The 33rd Team predicted the Eagles might wait for a player like Quinn instead of trading a high draft pick for a someone like Carolina’s Brian Burns.
“I think they’ll wait, but if a Jerry Hughes or a Quinn — maybe even Jadeveon Clowney or Dante Fowler Jr. — were available for not a high pick, I think they would consider it,” Giddings said.
Rick Spielman, former Minnesota Vikings GM and analyst for The 33rd Team, said the Eagles’ best course of action at the deadline was to add a pass rusher. Clearly, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman agreed.
“If I were Philly, and I had to make a move, where I would look at is adding another pass rusher,” Spielman said. “They have Haason Reddick, and they have [Josh] Sweat, who are both good, but they really don’t have another rotational guy.”
Quinn, who was a focus of trade rumors in the offseason, recorded a team-record 18.5 sacks last year and was voted to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career. However, he’s recorded just one sack in six games this season.
This is the third time Quinn has been traded in his career.
“You get tired of moving,” Quinn said in July. “I thought I did a good job last year, but I guess I’ll just continue to try to re-prove myself.”
The news hit hard for Quinn’s teammates in Chicago. Roquan Smith, himself a subject of trade talk over the last six months, became emotional when he learned of the deal while speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“It sucks,” Smith said. “I’m going to take a second, if you don’t mind. I have a great deal of respect for that guy. Damn. Crazy.”
The NFL’s only undefeated team, the Eagles are looking to move to 7-0 on Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which could be Quinn’s first action in midnight green.