News broke last Tuesday morning that Robert Quinn, a defensive end who the Miami Dolphins were shopping, was spotted in Dallas to see if the Cowboys would be a fit for him. A little over a week later it seems as if things are materializing as Ian Rapoport has reported that a trade looks imminent.
Sources: The #Cowboys and Dolphins have parameters in place on a trade to send pass-rusher Robert Quinn to Dallas. There are still minor issues to work out with Quinn’s agent, but the #Cowboys are expected to land a big piece on the edge of their defense.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2019
From Up to the Minute Live on our breaking news: #Dolphins pass-rusher Robert Quinn is expected to be dealt to the #Cowboys for, likely, a future late-round pick, sources say. How it happened pic.twitter.com/pHgAljOd3R— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2019
There had seemed to be a bit of a holdup regarding Quinn’s contract situation, and while the full details of it aren’t yet available it looks like he’s getting a new one-year deal according to Tom Pelissero.
Originally drafted by the Rams, Quinn played in St. Louis and Los Angeles for seven seasons before spending 2018 in Miami. He has 69 career sacks, 77 tackles for loss, and 123 hits on the quarterback. Quinn has never recorded less than four sacks in a single season, and his 19 sacks in 2013 were second most in the NFL.
Quinn likely steps in as the frontrunner to start at the right defensive end spot opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, as this trade is not expected to influence Lawrence’s contract situation (although leverage is certainly a bit different now). Rather, Quinn gives the Cowboys an available option opposite Lawrence with Randy Gregory’s uncertain status for 2019 and Taco Charlton coming off surgery.
Update: 4:53pm ET
The compensation has been announced. Per ESPN’s Todd Archer the Cowboys are sending a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in order to acquire Quinn.
The Cowboys have agreed to acquire defensive end Robert Quinn from the Miami Dolphins for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, according to multiple sources. https://t.co/8Wm4BrVMLC— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 28, 2019
Update: 5:13pm ET
Robert’s new deal with the Cowboys will be for $8M with incentives, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the FWST. That’s great work by the Cowboys.