The Chicago Bears have made some major changes this offseason, most notably trading defensive star Khalil Mack. That had many people thinking veteran pass-rusher Robert Quinn could be next. There were even rumors last month that he wanted out of Chicago, but it wasn’t anything set in stone.
However, his latest decision could mean something. Per Ian Rapoport, Quinn isn’t showing up to Bears minicamp as he trains on his own.
Sources: #Bears star pass-rusher Robert Quinn is not expected to be present for the team’s mandatory minicamp that begins today. Quinn is away from the team training on his own.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2022
Quinn is coming off a career year, leading the entire NFL with 18.5 sacks. He’s two years into his five-year, $70 million contract and there were even reports the Bears tried to test the trade waters for him prior to the draft.
Quinn did indicate he doesn’t exactly want to jump over to another NFL team, referencing the Mack trade to the Chargers. But, he also didn’t exactly sound fond of rebuilding with the Bears. That being said, if the right offer did come along, Chicago may very well take it.
The fact that he’s not with the team means their relationship isn’t exactly peachy, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see something materialize in the coming weeks. One thing is for sure, lots of organizations could use a top-tier pass-rusher like Robert Quinn.