CHICAGO – The Bears are a team in transition entering 2022.
Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles are re-making both sides of the ball in an attempt to make Chicago the perennial playoff contender it was nearly 40-years ago. Part of the rebuild includes heavy roster turnover, which is a typical byproduct.
But even though it’s June and the bulk of the offseason transactional period is over and done with, the Bears may not be doing tweaking the roster.
Count The Athletic‘s Kevin Fishbain as someone who thinks the Bears will make at least one more move (outside of injury reasons) before the season starts.
And it’s not just any move. It’s a big one that involves Pro Bowler Robert Quinn, who just set the Bears’ single-season sack record in 2021.
Fishbain released his most recent 53-man roster projection and believes the Bears will be without Quinn when the Bears drop their official 53 at the start of the season:
“After Quinn’s absence from mandatory veteran minicamp, it’s tough to feel confident he’s going to be on this roster at the start of the season. We saw how Poles went about overhauling the roster in March. If he and Eberflus didn’t want Quinn to be part of this, he would have been moved. But Quinn missing minicamp allows for speculation that he might not want to be the veteran on a team in transition.
With recency bias on our side, Quinn doesn’t make this 53-man roster projection. Gipson, Robinson and Taylor took advantage of their reps in minicamp, and Muhammad was out with an undisclosed injury.”
Parting ways with Quinn just doesn’t make much sense
The only advantage that comes with a trade or a release is the extra cap room involved. Otherwise, the Bears are ridding themselves of a player who can not only produce in Eberflus’ scheme, but provides veteran leadership to a very young team, as well.
With all due respect, would the Bears really want to hang the hopes of their pass rush on Al-Quadin Muhammad, Trevis Gipson, and Dominique Robertson?
The Bears save $12.9 million whether they cut or trade Quinn in 2022. And since both moves occur after June 1, Quinn will count $8.475 million against the cap in 2023.
If Quinn is truly unhappy and truly doesn’t want to play in Chicago, the Bears may not have a choice but to make some kind of move. At that point, a trade would make the most sense. It’d be a better idea to get something rather than nothing for a talented player such as Quinn.
Overall, unless Quinn really wants out of Chicago, it makes more sense to keep him around and revisit this topic next year, especially considering the Bears will still be in position to save a considerable amount of money.
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