RUMOR: Saints have also discussed a Robert Quinn trade with Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins continue working the phones to find a trade partner for Robert Quinn. As the veteran pass-rusher visits the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier is engaged in trade discussions with multiple teams, including the New Orleans Saints, according to Adam H. Beasley and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Chris Grier is in talks with multiple teams about paying some (if not most) of Robert Quinn’s contract to help facilitate a trade, including the Cowboys and Saints.
The Herald also reports that Quinn has met with a handful of Cowboys coaches and executives during his time in Dallas. He reportedly had lunch with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and defensive playcaller Kris Richard, and also talked with team owner Jerry Jones.
The Saints, meanwhile, have a hole at defensive end after starter Alex Okafor signed with the Kansas City Chiefs last week.
Miami has no intention of keeping Quinn on the roster for 2019 as the team undergoes a substantial rebuild under first-year coach Brian Flores. The Dolphins have already made efforts to facilitate a trade for Quinn, paying him a $1.12 million roster bonus last Friday, and are also willing to pay a larger portion of his existing contract to entice the eight-year veteran to agree to a trade that would also net Miami draft compensation.
Grier and his decision-making brass took a similar approach to trading Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans last week, ultimately getting a fourth-round pick from the Titans in exchange for paying Tannehill’s $5 million signing bonus.
Quinn, 28, had six-and-a-half sacks last season.
If the Dolphins are unable to find a trade partner for him, they will surely release the former First Team All-Pro, who’s due $11.8 million in base salary this season.