Reports: Bears To Sign Quinn, Release Floyd

Edge rusher Robert Quinn has agreed to a five-year deal worth up to $70 million.

Chris Emma
March 17, 2020 - 11:22 am

(670 The Score) In a big two-part move Tuesday, the Bears made a major addition to their defense by agreeing to terms with pass rusher Robert Quinn on a five-year deal, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. 

The deal is worth up to $70 million and includes $30 million guaranteed, Rapoport reported.

In a corresponding move, the Bears will release outside Leonard Floyd, their first-round pick in 2016, according to reports. The release of Floyd will open up more than $13 million in salary cap space to use on Quinn and other players.

Quinn, who turns 30 in May, recorded 11.5 sacks in 14 games for the Cowboys last season. He's a nine-year NFL veteran who spent his first seven seasons with the Rams before spending a year apiece with the Dolphins and Cowboys. Quinn has 80.5 sacks in 125 career regular-season games.

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Quinn becomes the Bears' second highest-paid player in cumulative base salary, behind only star edge rusher Khalil Mack. The two pass rushers will now line up opposite each other on Chicago's defense, with Quinn representing the complement the Bears never found in Floyd.

The No. 9 overall pick in 2016, Floyd was an uneven performer in four seasons in Chicago. He posted seven sacks over 12 games as a rookie but just 11.5 sacks over the following three seasons. Floyd had just three sacks in 16 games in 2019.

Bears general manager Ryan Pace offered little indication that Floyd's place with the team was in jeopardy when he spoke at the NFL Combine in February.

"Leonard wants to be more productive as a pass rusher," Pace said. "We want him to be more productive there too. He's close in a lot of areas when you look at the pressures and those things. He just needs to finish a little better on the quarterback. But I think when you're evaluating him, you have to factor in everything. 

"We consider him our Sam outside linebacker, so we value what he can do in coverage and think sometimes that goes a little underrated for what he does in that area, for a guy that's of his stature. Not many  outside linebackers can drop in coverage like he does, so that's a factor."

Quinn's deal with the Bears can become official when the new league year starts Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.

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