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02 Mar 2018

Rams Trading Quinn to Dolphins

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Los Angeles Rams are trading defensive end Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins for a mid-round draft pick.

Quinn, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft, had 45.0 sacks in his first four seasons (including 19.0 sacks in 2013), but only 17.5 sacks in 32 games in the last three years.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 02 Mar 2018

16 comments, Last at 05 Mar 2018, 5:24pm by James-London


by theslothook :: Fri, 03/02/2018 - 7:32pm

Quinns a good player but the cap charge likely motivated this decision. Its an example of why rookie draft picks are gold. You get cost savings for potentially 5 years.

It also shows where the savings end up. See Kirk Cousins' next contract and bow in awe.

by Noah Arkadia :: Fri, 03/02/2018 - 8:23pm

Not a terrible trade and it addresses the pressing needs at OL, TE, and LB while solving the WR conundrum with Landry. No? Oh, well. At least the Dolphins didn't have two highly priced players plus a recent 1st round pick at the position.


by lenny65 :: Fri, 03/02/2018 - 10:45pm

Exactly why the Dolphins continue to spin their wheels year after 8-8 year. They desperately need LBs, the OL is tissue-thin, they have no TE, they have nothing behind Tannehill at QB yet they're making trades for expensive players they don't really need. Now watch in amazement as they blow their #1 on a WR project pick who won't contribute anything in 2018 then they'll roll into training camp totally convinced that Matt Moore is still a perfectly viable starting option if (when) Tannehill misses time. 6-10, maybe 7-9 if they get lucky, Gase fired, bungled HC search and the cycle of blunder begins anew in Miami. You read it here first.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 3:44pm

Although it could be argued that whenever we talk about how to beat the Patriots the answer is to emulate the Giants SB teams and get pressure on Brady using a strong defensive line.

by Noah Arkadia :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:54pm

Yeah... it'll help do that. If only they could beat the Jets, though.

by RickD :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:57pm

The ongoing amusement at Tannenbaum's management style continues.

Seriously, the only position group where the Dolphins don't need help is their D-line.

by James-London :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 5:21pm

This. All of this.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Theo :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:08am

I get the idea that all cap space is spent on QBs and any player with a big contract is now seen not as a valuable asset, but as a liability.
Slowly every team is built out of players that are either on rookie contracts, earning veteran minimum, getting franchised, on the trading block or are QBs that eat the rest of the cap space.

by jtr :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:14pm

I've gotten the sense that Quinn is kind of a one-trick pony--all speed rush. I think sometimes guys like that just get figured out by the rest of the league. Aldon Smith had an even more dramatic career trajectory, with 2.5 dominant seasons and then a pretty sharp cliff. That's not to say that Quinn can't be a productive part of the Miami pass rush rotation, just that it's not totally surprising that he isn't worth as much as he was early in his career.

by billprudden :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 2:23pm

Aldon Smith's on-field may have been affected by off-field too.

by LionInAZ :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 7:19pm

That was my thought, too.

by ArcLight :: Sat, 03/03/2018 - 9:42pm

How long does GM Mike Tannenbaum keep his job?

by lenny65 :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 1:50pm

Good question. If he muffs the draft his seat's gonna become very warm very quickly. Miami needs a starter in round one and while it's obviously not an exact science they have to snag a LB, an OL or (God forbid) a QB as soon as possible. I never understand what they're doing, I mean Quinn could be a nice addition and all but seems to me that he won't produce at a level that justifies the expense. They're not a "player or two" away from anything, they have holes all over. If I was them I'd be coveting Roquan Smith who'd be a perfect fit, but I hear they've fallen hard for Mayfield now. I personally think they'll miss out on both.

by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:36am

Quinn player of diminishing returns. was weka link opn rams, defensive lien 2017 season. still gbood if used correctly. expect Quinn to be designated pass rusher second half of career which may start just abotu now. fred dean was tjat tupe of oplayer late in career. certainly d. freeney. Quinn may not be there yet. porobably stioll 3 down player but do not expect greatbess in run stopping.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:37pm

I suspect also that with Wade Phillips being the DC the Rams felt that he'd be able to scheme just as effectively with a cheap free agent, backup or rookie in Quinn's place and therefore save on the salary cap.

by James-London :: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 5:24pm

This only makes sense for Miami if Tannenbaum goes to the Rams...

Phil Simms is a Cretin.