‘Highly Upset’ Eagles Pro Bowler Expected to Leave in Free Agency

Robert Quinn

Getty Pro Bowl pass rusher Robert Quinn was upset about being traded to the Eagles when the deal first went down.

The Robert Quinn experience wasn’t a fun one for the player or his new team. The three-time Pro Bowler was supposed to be a situational stud pass rusher off the edge following his midseason trade to the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the combination of a knee injury and low snap counts limited his impact.

Quinn saw just 88 defensive snaps in a midnight green jersey over six regular-season games. He failed to record a single sack in an Eagles uniform, registering just 2 quarterback hits and 2 total tackles. He never lived up to the hype, although his leadership in the locker room served as a positive influence. Now Quinn hits free agency after the Eagles voided the last two years of his contract. And the offers on the open market may be very underwhelming for the one-time All-Pro edge rusher.

Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay believes Quinn “tanked” his value in 2022, perhaps hanging around too long as a mercenary chasing a ring. The 5-year, $70 million contract extension he inked with the Chicago Bears is in the rear-view mirror as he approaches his 33rd birthday. The Eagles aren’t likely to bring him back, with his options in free agency handicapped.

“Robert Quinn has experienced several highs and lows across his decorated 12-year career, but he’s entering free agency after what may have been his worst season yet,” Kay wrote. “It’ll be difficult for Quinn to earn a payout of that size after scoring an abysmal 43.6 PFF grade this season, a mark that is far and away the lowest of his career.”

Robert Quinn ‘Frustrated’ and ‘Mad’ About Trade

The deadline deal that sent Quinn from Chicago to Philadelphia was seen as a genius stroke by Howie Roseman at the time. The Eagles surrendered only a fourth-round pick for a player with 102 career sacks, plus the Bears ate $7.1 million of his salary. He was on his way to being the magic ingredient in a Super Bowl casserole. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

Quinn revealed at the Super Bowl that he was initially upset about being traded to Philly. The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder didn’t appreciate the manner in which Bears general manager Ryan Poles handled the situation. He was “highly upset” and wanted to stay in Chicago, especially after breaking Richard Dent’s single-season sack record in 2021.

“Honestly, I was mad,” Quinn told Bears reporters, via NBC Sports Chicago. “Highly upset with how it went down. You’re pulled into the building, and they say you’re getting traded, especially in the middle of the year. It ain’t really a good feeling.”

Quinn quickly got over it when he arrived in Philly and realized the opportunity in front of him. He returned from a knee injury to play in three postseason games, including Super Bowl LVII. He saw only two snaps in the title game with no tackles.

Avoiding Dubious NFL History Thanks to Knee Injury

Quinn had a chance to show up in the NFL history books as one of the only players to play in 18 straight regular-season games. That’s right. The 32-year-old never got a bye week since he was traded before the Bears had their bye, then joined an Eagles team that already went on bye.

According to CBS Sports, “the last time any NFL player played 18 games in a regular season was in 1930, when Tony Costos and Cookie Tackwell played 18 games for the Frankford Yellow Jackets and Minneapolis Red Jackets.” Then, Quinn suffered a knee injury and went on injured reserve so history never happened. He ended up playing in 13 non-consecutive games between Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Andrew Prevost
Andrew Prevost
3 months ago

Another ridiculous article from Heavy. Of course the Eagles have no intention of trying to retain Quinn. He was absolutely horrible, a total non-factor after joining the Eagles. I predicted he’d be Kerrigan 2.0 at the time of the trade, and as it turned out he made Kerrigan look good. Quinn is already gone for all intents and purposes, and don’t let the door smack you in the butt.

Gordon Chandler
Gordon Chandler
3 months ago

So what. Dont let the door hit your butt. Goodbye.

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