The Chicago Bears launched a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, which Robert Quinn should not attend, according to Ian Rapoport.
There have been rumors of a potential Quinn trade dating back to the NFL Combine, where the Bears made it clear they had no intention of trading their star pass rusher. But that doesn’t mean things won’t change down the line, which brings us to the present.
The Bears already traded another star pass runner in Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers before free agency. They secured second- and sixth-round picks for Mack, as well as cleared substantial salary cap space for the 2023 season.
Considering Quinn no longer owes guaranteed money, isn’t part of the team’s long-term plans, and deserves to play for a contender, a trade certainly makes sense.
As you can imagine, Bears fans were quite responsive to the news that Quinn won’t be attending the mandatory minicamp. And the overwhelming consensus is that they want Chicago to trade Quinn, especially when his trade value is at an all-time high after a franchise-high 18.5 sacks in one season.
Here are Bears fans reacting to Quinn’s no-show, where they’re already looking to the future, much like their new GM Ryan Poles did this offseason.
Robert Quinn should be part of a contending team >>>> reconstruction team.
KC, Dallas, Buffalo, TN, Cinci, TB, LAR https://t.co/W5jGbhPE0m
— Nick Whalen (@_NickWhalen) June 14, 2022
It might mean nothing about Quinn, but it would make sense for the two parties to make a trade. #Bear get extra draft capital for an aging player during a rebuild and would free up a significant chunk of cap space for next year and open up snaps for younger players this year https://t.co/rburavItW6
—Andrew Freeman (@AjFreeman25) June 14, 2022
Quinn was trash in 2020 and is now coming off her best season. go for this trade as it approaches its 12th season as the value is high Bears! https://t.co/UDNzJyBjLi
— Taylor Doll (@TayDoll1010xl) June 14, 2022
I felt like Quinn sticking around to be a veteran was a possibility, but trading him after an elite 2021 season makes way too much sense.
Bears could clear $12.9 million in 2022 cap space. Would be second in NFL with around $37 million https://t.co/EfA2zxZzV6
-Brad Spielberger, Esq. (@PFF_Brad) June 14, 2022
Skipping the “compulsory” mini camp with a whole new diet preaching culture and competition. It will go well with them 😂😂😂😂 🐻⬇️ https://t.co/WptQ97CBTR
—Justin Fields “QB1” (@how7878) June 14, 2022
man Robert Quinn definitely deserved a better ending than me to get traded but I’d be so happy if we get a third out of it https://t.co/7VgJ2MlSLw
— ryan (@ryanolsonn) June 14, 2022
I wouldn’t read too far. There are situations with vets who will miss parts of minicamp to train/prep their bodies on their own while communicating with the team and getting a manual and schematic. https://t.co/UB9uXTsmMJ
— Turner (@TKlingenmeier19) June 14, 2022
The Bears weren’t actively buying Robert Quinn before the draft, but that doesn’t mean a fluke couldn’t lead to a different outcome heading into the season. https://t.co/vRxIRVViEn
— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) June 14, 2022
his value is higher than it will ever be, he has a huge contract and he doesn’t fit our schedule. try to trade it as much as possible https://t.co/P3FS3dfzaD
— 🎡 (@FieldsToMooney) June 14, 2022
He said during the season that he was doing his own thing to train/heal himself. Shiiii, I’ll excuse the absences after he just broke a franchise record. https://t.co/jOrgqTCvbT
— Blue (@FantoBlue) June 14, 2022
he literally talked about wanting to be on a contending team and not a rebuilding team, i’m not at all surprised lmfao we’ll probably end up swapping him for offensive weapons https://t.co /LbxgUwiYvk
– yeah (@niggaIoI) June 14, 2022
Send Quinn to a playoff contender and get what you can for him. The bears will be the same with or without him this year. https://t.co/XJE7OsgNpd
— Bologna (@PeterFonseca) June 14, 2022
To be clear, this is NOT a slam against Robert Quinn. He is 32 years old and has just completed a year of career. There is very little value for him playing in a rebuilding team when he could be with a competitor.
The #Bear should recognize that too and make it happen.
—Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) June 14, 2022
Robert Quinn doesn’t fit the Bears’ plans or schedule.
He is 32 years old. He probably wants to try his luck at an SB race.
Its value will never be higher. Go get the best possible deal for him.
– Dave. (@runbackdave) June 14, 2022
Robert Quinn was fantastic last year, and his trade value will probably never be higher than it is now.
I think he will be in high demand as a productive pass thrower in the trade market. If the #Bear getting a 3rd and clearing up his contract might be better for both parties.
— Jacob Infant (@jacobinfante24) June 14, 2022
The Bears are in a tough spot with Robert Quinn.
It would have made sense to trade him before the draft in hopes of getting a useful piece this year.
Redeeming it now means you won’t get anything until next year. Waiting to trade mid-season may mean lower value.
— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) June 14, 2022