Although the Dallas Cowboys have just days until their season-opener is over, the team is still being linked with a trade for a Chicago Bears weapons.
For the second consecutive season, Dallas will face off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The primary focus of the organization must be to avenge the 31-29 loss that occurred to begin the 2021 season.
Jerry Jones and his team have a responsibility to improve the team, and Bleacher report analyst Kristopher Knox is anticipating that Dallas will be a suitor for Bears defensive lineman Robert Quinn.
“Four squads—Carolina, Cleveland, Dallas and Las Vegas—have more than $10 million in cap room available. Dallas and Las Vegas are the two that make the most sense for Quinn,” Knox writes. “Dallas could bring back Quinn, who played there in 2019, as a complement to DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons.”
Quinn was linked to the Cowboys since the offseason, thanks to his desire to leave Chicago and Dallas after losing Randy Gregory to Denver Broncos. Quinn is familiar with the Cowboys and would be a great addition to their defensive line.
Although Quinn’s move would make the Cowboys an better team they will likely wait to buy him. Knox wrote that the 32-year old edge rusher is still with Bears for the foreseeable, or at least that’s according to his contract.
“The Bears will be inclined to hang on to Quinn, who is under contract through 2024, for as long as it makes sense. It will stop making sense if and when Chicago falls out of contention. Quinn, who logged a whopping 18.5 sacks last season, could draw a huge return on the trade market.”
Quinn’s contract is one of the parts of trading. Spotrac statesthat Quinn will make $17.14million this season. However, he has cap hits of $18.24 and $17.24 millions in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
Dallas is in a unique position. They can afford major upgrades, but will the investment be worthwhile? According to Spotrac, the Cowboys have an estimated $12.58million in cap space.
Micah Parsons , Demarcus Lawrence are an excellent one-two combination as edge rushers. The addition of Quinn could mean that someone will have to step in. Quinn is earning $40 million more than Lawrence on a three year contract.
With those large contracts, Parsons would be playing less defensively and more at his linebacker position in the Cowboys’ lineup. Is it reasonable to alter his duties after his Defensive Rookie-of-the Year performance in 2021?
Quinn’s trade cost is the final hurdle. Dallas and any other potential suitor would have to take on his salary.
Quinn could be the Cowboys’ best option if they need another edge-rusher. It would however be a significant investment in value for an immediate return.