Quinn Landed With Bears After 'Coin Flip' Decision

Robert Quinn chose the Bears over the Falcons in free agency.

Chris Emma
April 03, 2020 - 2:28 pm
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(670 The Score) Standout pass rusher Robert Quinn's decision in free agency came down to a coin flip.

Just not quite literally.

On a conference call Friday afternoon, Quinn indicated he let his fate rest with heads or tails in choosing the Bears over the Falcons in free agency.

"I really couldn't make up my mind, so I had to do it the honest way," Quinn said on a teleconference Friday. "The Bears were on the right side."

Quinn was then asked if he actually flipped a coin.

"That’s kind of how it came down to the final decision," Quinn said. "It was still pretty tough. I mean basically that’s what it boiled down to is a coin flip.  

"I don’t regret it."

After news spread that Quinn's decision came down to a coin flip, the Bears later clarified that Quinn didn't literally flip a coin -- though money certainly had plenty to do with his decision.

Quinn, who turns 30 in May, signed a five-year, $70-million deal with the Bears that includes $30 million guaranteed. He joins a defense in Chicago loaded with Pro Bowl-level talent. 

The Bears view him as another core piece of their defense. Quinn had 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys in 2019.

"We took a position of strength on our defense, and we made it even stronger and more dangerous," general manager Ryan Pace said.

Upon reaching a deal with the Bears, Quinn found a sign of comfort in his tough decision. Chicago's defensive coordinator is Chuck Pagano, who recruited Quinn to North Carolina in 2007.

Quinn said his college decision also was a toss-up.

"Things work in mysterious ways," he said.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.