News surfaced on March 19th that the Cowboys were interested in trading for Miami Dolphins Defensive End Robert Quinn and that he was visiting Dallas. Nine days later, the Cowboys have finalized a trade that will send a 2020 6th-round pick to Miami for the veteran pass rusher. He will play under a one-year, $8 million contract with the possibility to make an additional $3 million from incentives.
This is a great move for Dallas and helps solidify a DE position that is experiencing some turbulent times. With DeMarcus Lawrence’s contract negotiations at an “impasse” and Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely, the Cowboys needed some reinforcement at the position. They brought in DE Kerry Hyder Jr from Detroit and now they’ve brought in former all-pro DE Robert Quinn to rush the passer.
Quinn is a 28-year old veteran, coming off of a solid 6.5 sack season but he has the ability to get double digit sacks, especially opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. In his years with the Rams, he had multiple double-digit sack seasons and one 19-sack year. He has the ability to be very disruptive in 2019. This is yet another position the Cowboys have used free agency to address a hole. Slot Receiver, Safety, Defensive Tackle, and Tight End were all positions that needed help this offseason and Dallas has either upgraded or replaced deficiencies at all of them.
This gives the Dallas front office the ability to go into the draft without any huge needs and get the best players they can rather than draft for need. Dallas can now upgrade the team cheaply, through the draft. The Dallas front office is making splash moves that are uncharacteristic of their usual behavior and it feels like they are realistically gearing up for a super bowl year.
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