Miami Dolphins players talk about Robert Quinn and his bend
The Dolphins are not done buying draft picks.
Chris Grier is in talks with multiple teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, about paying some (if not most) of Robert Quinn’s contract to help facilitate a trade, per sources.
Quinn was in Dallas on Tuesday meeting with Cowboys brass, NFL Network first reported.
Quinn had lunch with Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and defensive play-caller and former Dolphins head coach candidate Kris Richard, according to 1053-AM The Fan in Dallas.
He also met with several of the team’s executives and is expected to meet, at some point, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The Dolphins are not expecting to keep Quinn on their roster for 2019. He will either be traded as these attempts continue, or would eventually be cut. The team obviously hopes for the trade option.
Quinn is due $11.8 million in base salary this year after the Dolphins agreed to pay his $1.1 million roster bonus last week. But there’s next to no chance the Cowboys or any team would take on that full freight, given his diminished play in recent years.
So any trade would necessitate a redone contract, with presumably the Dolphins eating a good chunk of the salary.
That was how they were able to deal Ryan Tannehill to the Titans last week. Agreeing to pay Tannehill’s $5 million signing bonus was enough to coax a fourth-round 2020 pick out of the Titans.
Expect a similar deal to be worked out with Quinn, who is not expected to be on the Dolphins’ roster in 2019.
The Cowboys are a logical fit, considering their pass-rushing situation. Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely and Taco Charlton has underperformed and is coming off shoulder surgery.
The draft compensation the Dolphins get in return surely depends on how much salary they are willing to eat.
The Dolphins have $27.7 million in cap space, according to the latest NFLPA information, and probably need only half of that to sign their draft picks and rookie free agents.
Because they are clearly not in win-now mode, the Dolphins are comfortable using some of that cap space to unload veteran players for draft picks.
They already are projected to have at least 10 picks in the 2020 draft plus more than $120 million in cap space.
Although the Saints have also been involved in discussing a possible Quinn trade that seems to be a secondary option. The Cowboys are the favorites to land Quinn at this point.