Bleacher Report made a trade proposal for the Kansas City Chiefs this week that could be the missing piece for the franchise.
The national sports media outlet suggested that Kansas City make a deal with the Chicago Bears for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn.
Bleacher Report’s proposal includes the Chiefs sending a 2023 third-round draft pick to the Bears for Quinn.
In win-now mode for as long as Patrick Mahomes starts under center, the Kansas City Chiefs should make a big move to strengthen their defense, which ranked 27th and 21st in passing and rushing yards allowed, respectively.
The Chiefs selected edge-rusher George Karlaftis in the first round of the 2022 draft, but the team may want to add a productive veteran to significantly improve the defensive line.
General manager Brett Veach can make an attempt to bring in Robert Quinn, who’s coming off a Pro Bowl campaign with 18.5 sacks, 34 pressures and 17 tackles for loss.
Quinn didn’t report to the Chicago Bears’ mandatory minicamp in the spring. The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain wrote that “it’s tough to feel confident” that the 32-year-old edge-rusher will be on the roster at the start of the 2022 season.
The biggest reason the Chiefs lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game last season was their inability to get after quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrow was sacked 19 times in the playoffs (four games). Kansas City was responsible for only one of those sacks.
If the Chiefs would’ve been able to get to Burrow a couple more times, they likely play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
Chiefs absolutely need more pass-rushing help
Kansas City didn’t do much this offseason to improve their pass rush. They drafted Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis in the first round, but it wouldn’t be wise to count on the rookie to alleviate the Chiefs’ pass-rushing issues.
Quinn, who is under contract for three more seasons, would be a great addition. And a third-round draft pick wouldn’t be too much to give up for the 32-year-old.
The former North Carolina standout, who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Rams, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. Quinn totaled 18.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season.
Even if Quinn doesn’t match that same level of production, he’d still fill a massive need for the Chiefs.
This is a move that Kansas City should absolutely be open to making.
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