On Friday, CBS Sports Writer Jason La Canfora reported he has heard trade rumors surrounding DE Chicago Bears Robert Quinn, and he predicted the likely outcome of his situation is that he will be traded. While he didn’t list a potential destination, once Cowboy fans saw the report come out, some were banging for the front office to pursue Quinn.
Despite the team adding Sam “De” Williams and Dante Fowler to help fill the void of DE Randy Gregory, who the Cowboys failed to re-sign this offseason, the idea of adding former Cowboys DE Robert Quinn could elevate their pass-rush room immensely.
To refresh fans’ memories, in his one season with the Cowboys, Quinn had 11.5 sacks, 34 tackles, 13 TFL (Tackles for Loss), 22 QB hits, and 2 FF (Forced Fumbles). Those stats led the team in almost every category that year (minus tackles as former LB Jaylon Smith led the team with 142), but it was head-scratching after they let Quinn walk.
Fast-forward to two seasons later, Quinn remains at the top of his game, and bringing in the 18.5 sacks that he had this past season with the Bears would be terrifying for opposing offenses. Factor in LB Micah Parson’s 13 sacks and DE DeMarcus Lawrence, who doesn’t always flash the prettiest stats, but is still an All-Pro player, we could be talking about the Cowboys having one of the league’s best pass-rushing corps.
While some people would be quick to point out that bringing him on would limit the growth of DEs Dorance Armstrong or Williams, Quinn solves their pass-rushing need, and DC Dan Quinn wouldn’t have to enter the season with having to rely on those two so quickly.
Additionally, I get that his price tag may be too “high” for some fans, but if you want to win in this league, you got to spend money on big players. And while people always post memes about Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones being called “Cap Boy”, adding Quinn would quickly diminish those memes and he could take this defense to another level.