Cowboys acquire DE Quinn

Field Level Media

March 28, 2019 at 10:05 pm.

The Dallas Cowboys finalized a long-rumored trade for defensive end Robert Quinn on Thursday, sending a 2020 sixth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins, the Cowboys announced.

The Dolphins, seeking salary cap relief, have been shopping Quinn for a trade, allowing him to visit other teams. He reportedly met with the Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.

Quinn was acquired by the Dolphins in 2018 from the Los Angeles Rams, and he started all 16 games with 6.5 sacks last season. He turns 29 in May, and has a $12.93 million salary cap number for the upcoming season.

The Cowboys and Quinn are expected to agree on a reworked one-year contract for the veteran.

The Rams took Quinn in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He since has been named to two Pro Bowl teams and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2013. However, he, hasn’t topped 8.5 sacks or 15 QB hits in a season since posting 10.5 and 20, respectively, in 2014. He had career highs of 19 sacks and 34 QB hits in 2013.

The Cowboys have been at an impasse with free agent defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who counts more than $20 million against the 2019 salary cap as a two-time franchise tag recipient. Lawrence is hopeful for a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. They also lost rusher Randy Gregory to an indefinite suspension for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.