The Chicago Bears are currently without one of their most important players in All-Pro Roquan Smith due to contractual issues. Smith is “holding-in”, meaning he won’t step onto the practice field until he is ready.
So it’s easy to see why Robert Quinn’s arrival to training camp is such an important development on the day before training camp starts.
Per NFL Network‘s Tom Pelissero, the franchise’s record holder for the most sacks in a single season reported Tuesday, marking the start of what is supposed to be his third season with the team.
Quinn has been the subject of trade talks over the last few months and speculation really heated up when he didn’t show up to Bears mandatory minicamp back in June. Quinn is set to count a little more than $17 million against the cap in 2022 and the last two years on his contract represent $18+ million and $17+ million cap hits. Those figures are the main factors in the speculated/hypothesized trade scenarios involving Quinn.
#Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn has reported to training camp, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 26, 2022
Quinn, who had 18 1/2 sacks in 2021, skipped last month’s mandatory minicamp. He’s due $12.9 million in 2022.
The news didn’t stop there, either. Ryan Poles announced shortly after that the Bears signed second-round pick Jaquan Brisker. Now, the rookie can participate in training camp after missing the last few days.
Poles announces #Bears have signed rookie second-round pick Jaquan Brisker and veteran free-agent tackle Riley Reiff, who has played 10 NFL seasons with Lions, Vikings and Bengals. Another upgrade to O-line.— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) July 26, 2022
It’s certainly a double dose of great news for the Bears on the eve of camp.
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