It sounds like QuintenRollins might have another crack at an NFL gig. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports (via Twitter) that the Bears will audition the defensive back this weekend.
Rollins was a second-round pick of the Packers back in 2015, and he proceeded to play three seasons for the organization. The cornerback looked solid during his first two years in the league, combining for 72 tackles, 14 passes defended, and three interceptions in 27 games (14 starts). Rollins was third on the Packers’ depth chart heading into 2017, but a leg injury ended up limiting him to only six games.
Last preseason, the Packers tried moving the cornerback to safety, and they also gave him some reps as a punt returner. Rollins couldn’t emerge in either role, and following a hamstring injury at the end of the preseason, he was placed on injured reserve. Green Bay ended up releasing him with an injury settlement, and he quickly caught on with the Cardinals. However, he didn’t see the field before being released in mid-December.
Former Packers second-round corner Quinten Rollins took part in the Broncos’ minicamp on a tryout basis, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post (Twitter link). Also in attendance were defensive linemen Mike Purcell and Marcus Hardison, offensive linemen Jake Brendel and Jake Rodgers, and cornerback Trey Johnson. Brendel and Johnson were signed following the audition.
Green Bay used the 62nd overall selection on Rollins in the 2015 draft, but the Miami (OH) product struggled over three seasons and 33 games with the club. A torn Achilles ended his 2017 campaign prematurely, and he was waived during final cutdowns the following September. Rollins hit the workout circuit and eventually latched on with the Cardinals’ practice squad, but was cut loose in December.
Rollins clearly hasn’t posted NFL-caliber performances thus far in his career. In 2016, the only year in which he saw enough snaps to qualify, Football Outsiders ranked Rollins dead last among 84 corners in success rate and second-to-last in yards allowed per pass. In Denver, Rollins would be working with an experienced defensive staff that includes Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell, but also facing an uphill climb on a cornerback depth chart that already includes Chris Harris, Kareem Jackson, and Bryce Callahan.