The 2022 offseason has seen plenty of changes on the field and in the front office in Chicago. The team’s defense has seen a number of high-profile players depart, which led to Robert Quinn being named as a potential trade candidate.
On that point, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that “Quinn wants out of Chicago”. The 32-year-old earned his third Pro Bowl nod with 18.5 sacks last season, a major increase from his previous year in the Windy City. Chicago’s front seven has seen a number of departures, though, including fellow pass-rusher Khalil Mack being traded to the Chargers.
That prompted speculation Quinn could be on the move as well, and it came out in April that teams were calling the Bears regarding his availability. At that time, it was reported that Quinn was not looking to be moved, making today’s writing quite noteworthy. He is under contract through 2024 on his current deal and the Bears are in better shape financially than most other teams at this point. On the other hand, his cap hit of over $17.1MM will be the highest on the Bears in 2022 if he remains on the team.
Publicly, the Bears have maintained that they are not shopping Quinn, something which La Canfora confirms is still the case now. Overall, he describes this situation as one which “will only fester” if the team performs at a similar level to last season, which could lead to Quinn being a prime candidate at the trade deadline. In that situation, remarks Quinn made in the spring could ring true.
“At the end of the day, it’s a business. Again, you see Khalil Mack getting traded. Again, it’s just a business. Don’t dwell on it, too crazy.”