By: Jay Patel
Bears GM Ryan Pace pulled off a major surprise, signing ex-Cowboys DE Robert Quinn to a massive 5 Yr. /$70 million deal ($30 million guaranteed). This addition signaled the end of Leonard Floyd’s inconsistent tenure with Chicago.
Quinn, 29, led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks in 2019 (most since 2013) after acquiring him from the Miami Dolphins. Furthermore, he had 34 tackles, three passes defended, and two forced fumbles. The advanced metrics further show Quinn’s stellar 2019 season. He recorded the third-best pressure rate and disruption rate in the NFL at 14% and 17.2%. Additionally, he has 80.5 career sacks.
With Quinn aboard, Leonard Floyd’s time with the Bears is over. Chicago officially released their 2016 first-round pick. Floyd, 27, started 54 games, tallying 18.5 sacks (most of them came against the Packers), 154 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception (returned for a TD), and three fumble recoveries. In 2019, Floyd recorded a career-low three sacks. His $13.2 million team option was set to become fully guaranteed on Wednesday, so this move was about the money. Floyd never panned out in Chicago even when teams focused most of their attention on Khalil Mack. He always brought a ton of energy onto the field, but was another first-round bust for Chicago. His market will surely heat up as teams should be willing to take a chance on an edge rusher in his prime. Thank You, Leonard.
On paper and on the field, Quinn is a huge upgrade over Floyd. The veteran has shown countless times over his career he can get after the QB. It was a slight overpay, but the potential is huge. With Mack on the opposite side, the Bears boast a dynamic duo. A D-line of Mack, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, and Quinn will surely give opposing offensive lines nightmares. The Bears defense just got even scarier.