Before the trade deadline, the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re stocking up now.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday that the Philadelphia Eagles had acquired pass rusher Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fourth-round draft selection. The teams in Philadelphia and Chicago made the transaction public Wednesday night, pending a medical examination.
The 32-year-old Quinn has spent the previous two and a half seasons with the Bears, but rumors of a trade have swirled since training camp. He has been named to three Pro Bowls.
In spite of their amazing comeback victory against the New England Patriots on Monday night, the 3-4 Bears are looking to move some players before the Nov. 1 trade deadline, while the 6-0 Eagles are looking to bolster the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense.
In 2021, Quinn had a Pro Bowl season thanks to his 18.5 sacks, but those numbers haven’t carried over to this year. Quinn has made eight tackles, had one sack, and has a 43.8 overall rating through seven games, as reported by Pro Football Focus. Quinn signed a hefty five-year, $70 million contract with the Chicago Bears before the 2020 season. He then had a two-sack season, but his resurgence in 2021 rewrote the record books.
In addition to his $26.8 million in base pay for the next two years, Quinn will get $12.8 million this season. Insider Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network said that the Bears are paying the remaining $7.1 million of Quinn’s basic salary this season.
Though Quinn’s departure is not shocking, it is nevertheless a blow to the Bears on and off the field, as shown by Roquan Smith. Smith grew distraught when he found out about the move as he was talking to reporters.