It’s starting to feel like a major trade this summer involving the Chicago Bears is likely.

Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The former North Carolina standout totaled 18.5 sacks last year — not bad for a player in his age 31 season.

With the Bears going through a major rebuild under new general manager Ryan Poles, there’s been a ton of speculation about Quinn’s future in Chicago. There have also been some mixed signals.

CBS Sports Jason La Canfora suggested in May that Quinn wants out of Chicago. That contradicts what Quinn said in April.

“I didn’t expect to go anywhere, or want to go anywhere,” said Quinn via Brad Biggs. “But again, this is a crazy business…If something’s going to happen it’s going to happen, but again, it is what it is.”

They say actions speak louder than words, right?

Well, Quinn’s actions suggest that maybe he doesn’t want to be in Chicago this season.

The three-time Pro-Bowler isn’t expected at the Bears’ mandatory minicamp that begins on Tuesday, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Quinn is training on his own according to the report.

Quinn is under contract through the 2024 season. His cap hit is $17.1 million this season, $18.2 million in 2023, and $17.2 million in 2024. That type of cash for one player doesn’t line up with what Poles has done so far with the roster this offseason.

Considering this is a complete roster teardown, it would make sense for the Bears to deal Quinn, an aging but still productive pass rusher, for some draft picks (while also clearing salary).

At this point, I’d be surprised to see Quinn in a Bears uniform in 2022.

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