While Dolphins fans have been refreshing their Twitter feeds about Jarvis Landry news, the Dolphins provided an appetizer with the trade for Robert Quinn.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and later clarified by Peter Schrager of NFL Network.
The Dolphins traded two picks (4th and 6th) round to land the mighty Quinn who was once a big force on the Rams defense.
The deal isn’t official until the league year on March 14th.
However, after coming back from back surgery in 2016 and then moving to an unfamiliar role at linebacker in the Rams’ new 3-4 scheme, he still managed to post 8.5 sacks (62.5 sacks in all). If Quinn returns to form and flourishes in the Dolphins defense as a pass rush specialist, this could mean the end of Andre Branch who while played hurt much of the season was a non-factor. After all, Quinn had 19 sacks in 2013 per NFL.com.
One can only wonder if Cam Wake’s days are numbered in Miami with the edition of Quinn.
Then there’s Ndamukong Suh and his status for 2018.
Jason La Canfora seems to believe Steve Ross is done paying him big money.
Time will tell.
That being said, the Dolphins got better today and improved an area-pass rush that needed a kick start after only posting 30 sacks as a team.
Per spotrac.com, Quinn will cost the Dolphins 10.3 million plus another 1.1 million in the form of a bonus.
Basically the Dolphins improved their pass rush and added to the already crowded defensive line.
Let’s not forget, the Dolphins are still on the hook for Jarvis Landry’s 16.2 million once he signs the tender. If the Dolphins trade Landry, the new team will take his entire contract.
Bottom line, the Dolphins are in win-now mode rather than rebuild mode and Quinn is part of the solution rather than the problem.