The pass rush of the New Orleans Saints has been pretty non-existent throughout the past few weeks and Chris Roling of Bleacher Report has a solution for that. His solution is for the Saints to trade for Robert Quinn of the Chicago Bears.
"Quinn, a first-round pick in 2011, is still going strong at the age of 31 and has 4.5 sacks and 11 pressures over five games. While he’s great, the combination of age and a contract that costs at least $16 million in each season through 2024 (provided the Bears don’t use a built-in out this offseason) makes him an under-the-radar trade candidate.Rest assured a would-be contender like the 3-2 New Orleans Saints would love to add Quinn to the mix. The defense has just eight sacks, with three of those from non-linemen."
Saints fans will probably be turned off by what the cost would be for Quinn and that’s fair. He’s 31-years-old so giving up a king’s ransom for a guy past his prime might not be a smart move but hey, this is a team that desperately needs a boost in the pass rush. Even when they get Marcus Davenport and David Onyemata back, NOLA could still use a guy to that of Quinn’s caliber.
Robert Quinn would be an excellent addition to the Saints’ defense.
Quinn went 14th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft to the then-St. Louis Rams and was a member of the Rams organization through the end of the 2017 season. He then played for the Dolphins for a year, the Cowboys for a year, and is in year No. 2 with the Bears.
As Roling mentioned, Quinn currently has 4.5 sacks in Chicago and had 11.5 sacks just two years ago. He’s still got a ton left in the tank and could give this NOLA defense the pass-rushing threat they’ve been missing with Davenport on IR and Trey Hendrickson in Cincinnati.
This wouldn’t be a cheap acquisition but it could be the difference between the Saints being a playoff team and be on the outside looking in come January.