A recent Sports Illustrated article (Here) mentions a possible trade for Robert Quinn between the Chicago Bears and the LA Rams. The Chicago Bears are facing a tough question with Quinn as he seemingly is holding out from mandatory team activities. Both he and the Chicago Bears have said he will be a Chicago Bear this season, but obviously something isn’t right. The fact is Quinn is on the wrong side of 30 on a rebuilding team, so his long term value isn’t there. If a good trade offer comes in the Chicago Bears need to take it. That’s where the Ram’s come in. Let’s look at a possible trade scenario.
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Chicago Bears receive Van Jefferson
LA Rams receive Robert Quinn
This straight up trade actually works for both teams. For the Chicago Bears they get a young promising wide receiver that shows flashes of being great, but is buried a bit on the depth chart not allowing his true potential to show. The Chicago Bears need wide receiver help and Jefferson could be that long term solution next to Mooney. The loss of Quinn will hurt the pass rush, but Quinn isn’t going to be part of the rebuild. His trade value will never be higher than it is now. Moving him for a building piece is the right move.
For the Rams they reinforce their front 7, and have their win now pass rusher to get them to another title. Quinn will provide elite pressure ability off the edge which will compliment Aaron Donald on the inside. Losing Jefferson may to some be questionable, but isn’t. Right now Jefferson is WR3 and if Odell Beckham Jr. comes back Jefferson will be pushed to WR4. Jefferson’s contract is up in 2024 so at best he is WR3 next year behind Kupp and Robinson. He’ll be looking for an extension beginning in the 2023 season, and will want to be paid more than what a WR3 would make. The Rams will have a decision to make. Instead of keeping him buried on the depth chart, the Rams can get Quinn and draft a rookie from the deep receiver class in the 2023 draft to reset the clock. Then in 2025 when Robinson is looking for his new contract the Rams will have a promising Rookie still on his Rookie contract to call upon if needed.
In the end the LA Rams find their win now piece and the Chicago Bears get their build for the future piece. The straight up trade is equal and balanced to fit each teams current position.
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