CHICAGO – The Bears started mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and one of the biggest developments of the day -if not the biggest development- was the absence of All-Pro pass rusher Robert Quinn.

Even before the team traded Khalil Mack, there was speculation the team may trade Quinn. Said speculation even continued after the Mack trade, whether fair or not.

And unsurprisingly, aforementioned speculation led to many wondering what Quinn’s future with the Bears actually entails.

But when it comes to former first-team All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson, it’s not a big deal. Just like NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport contextualized in his tweet about Quinn training on his own.

“Not really, it’s Rob,” Jackson told reporters when asked if he’s surprised Robert Quinn didn’t show up to the first day of mandatory minicamp. “He’s been in the league for a while, now. I’m pretty sure he has his reasons. We’re just waiting on him to come back [and] we know he’s going to come back in tip-top [shape].”

Jackson’s words hold weight

Sure, Quinn can get fined for missing minicamp, but there’s a good chance the Bears decide to avoid that route due to the fact Quinn is a productive veteran coming off a historical season.

Quinn registered 18.5 sacks in 2021 as 3-4 OLB/EDGE. His natural position is a 4-3 DE, which is what he’ll play in Matt Eberflus’/Alan Williams’ defense. There’s not much reason to doubt he won’t be an effective player in 2022.

And when considering the depth -or lack thereof- at EDGE for the Bears, it would make even less sense for the team to discipline Quinn in any form or fashion for missing camp.

And, it would leave the cupboard nearly bare in terms of quality EDGE rushers on the defense.

Overall, this sounds more like a veteran skipping the dredges of camp and doing this on his own. Plus, Quinn has made almost $100 million over the course of his NFL career. What is a measly $100k to him?

Jackson is right: nothing to see here, move on, folks.

At least, for now.

You can check out Jackson’s full press conference, below:

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