Chicago Bears traded pass-rusher Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Quinn's defensive teammates, linebacker Roquan Smith, got emotional when he was asked about the deal.ahead of the NFL's Nov. 1 trade deadline, the
During his media availability on Wednesday, Smith was asked about the impact Quinn had on him. Smith could only get out a few words before he had to excuse himself for a moment.
"It sucks. ... I have a great deal of respect for that guy," Smith said.
Smith, a first-round draft pick by the Bears in 2018, has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons playing alongside Quinn. In that time, the two combined for 53 tackles for loss and 30 sacks. Smith and Quinn formed a fierce tandem for the Bears' defense.
The then-St. Louis Rams selected Quinn with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and that's where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. After one-year stints with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, Quinn signed a five-year contract with the Bears.
Quinn provided Chicago with a veteran presence on that side of the ball, and he had a resurgent campaign in 2021. Last year, Quinn recorded 18.5 sacks, which ranked second in the NFL.
Now, Quinn joins a 6-0 Eagles team with an already stacked defense. With Quinn in the fold, Philadelphia should only present even more problems for opposing defenses.