Hours after reports surfaced that the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins were working on a trade of pass rusher Robert Quinn, the deal finally materialized.
According to ESPN NFL reporter Todd Archer, the Cowboys have acquired Quinn from the Dolphins in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick.
The move is something of a win-win for both teams: The Cowboys get a versatile pass rusher who can play linebacker and defensive end, while the Dolphins relieve themselves of Quinn’s $12.9 million cap hit.
Quinn joined the Dolphins in a trade from the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. The Dolphins gave up a fourth-round pick and swapped sixth-round picks with the Rams in the deal.
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
In his first four NFL seasons, Quinn was among the top pass rushers in all of football. From 2012 to 2014, he recorded 40 sacks, 19 of which came in his First-Team All-Pro 2013 campaign.
However, his production began to decline in 2015 as injuries took their toll. Quinn recorded 9.0 sacks in 17 games from 2015 to 2016.
Quinn saw a return to form in 2017 as he recorded 8.5 sacks in 15 games played.
Upon being traded to Miami in 2018, Quinn’s health had completely returned. He played in all 16 games for the first time since 2014 and went on to record 6.5 sacks, 38 tackles, two forced fumbles, nine tackles for loss, and 15 quarterback hits.