Rams are trading DE Robert Quinn to Miami, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 2, 2018
Although compensation has yet to be announced, the Dolphins defensive line is much better today than they were yesterday. Quinn, a two-time pro bowler, is just 27-years old. In 2017, Quinn accumulated 32 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
The Kansas City Chiefs were also reported to be attempting to acquire Quinn, discussing him in the team’s trade of Marcus Peters to the Rams. That portion of the trade, however, never materialized and now Miami has made the move to acquire the 2011 first-round pick.
Quinn has had injury issues the last few years, missing eight games in 2015 due to hip, knee, and back issues. He also missed nine games with a shoulder injury and a concussion. He played in 15 games in 2017.
According to OverTheCap.com, Quinn was scheduled to account for $12.4 million against the cap in 2018 and $12.9 million in 2019. About $1 million of the 2018 number should come off for the Dolphins, as that comes from the prorated portion of Quinn’s signing bonus. Miami could restructure the contract, adding years on the back-end of the deal to lower his cap number this season.
Quinn is a pass-rusher, who last year played as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Prior to that, he played defensive end, including his two Pro Bowl seasons as well as being a 2013 First-Team All-Pro selection when he had a career high 19.0 sacks. He has 62.5 sacks in his career, along with 218 tackles. He is not as strong against the run as he is in pass rushing, which could still mean Miami needs to look to either re-sign William Hayes or add a strong edge-setting defensive end.
Miami currently has Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, Charles Harris, Cameron Malveaux, and Jonathan Woodard (futures contract) under contract as defensive ends.
UPDATE: Schefter is reporting the Dolphins are compensating the Rams with a “mid-round pick.”
UPDATE 2: Schefter add that the Rams and Dolphins will also swap “late-round picks” in the trade.
UPDATE 3: The Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser reports the Dolphins sent a fourth-round pick to the Rams and the two teams are swapping sixth-round picks.
We will update this post when further details emerge.