Robert Quinn Lone Unexcused Absentee From Chicago Bears Mandatory Minicamp

The defender who is coming off Chicago’s single-season sack record of 18.5 has been the subject of trade speculation for months.

LAKE FOREST — Chicago Bears linebacker Robert Quinn, who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, was not present for the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

Quinn was the only player on Chicago’s 90-man roster not physically present for practice. The absence was not excused, according to coach Matt Eberflus, who said he has communicated with the 32-year-old defender in recent weeks but did not specify the reason for Quinn’s absence.

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“We’re not talking about that, as an organization,” Eberflus said. “We were hoping he was here. He’s not. [El gerente general] Ryan [Poles] and his group are working on it”.

Quinn set the single-season mark for sacks for Chicago with 18.5 in 2021. He did not participate in any portion of the Bears’ offseason program, but made known his desire to remain in the organization amid massive roster changes. and coaches this year.

“The only thing I thought about is that I hope my résumé or my production from last year gives me some weight to keep my foot in the building,” Quinn said on April 26. “At the end of the day, it’s a business. Again, you see Khalil Mack getting traded. I mean, you probably should do it, I mean, it’s a business. Don’t get bogged down in it, too crazy.”

Earlier this offseason, Robert Quinn made it clear that his idea was to stay with the Bears franchise, but he admitted that it wasn’t in his hands. AP Photo

When asked directly about wanting to stay in Chicago, Quinn said, “I didn’t expect to go anywhere, and I don’t want to go anywhere, but again, it’s crazy business.”

Earlier this offseason, Poles implied that Quinn was part of the team’s plans for 2022, saying talk of a trade attempt hadn’t happened before the draft.

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Quinn, an 11-year veteran, has been with Chicago since 2020. With three years remaining on his current deal, which carries a $12.8 million base salary this season, the Bears would recoup $12.9 million in undercover space. salary cap if they choose to trade the linebacker. Chicago would then take the second-most cap space in the NFL at an estimated $37 million.

The Bears wrap up their offseason program Thursday with the close of minicamp. While Quinn’s absence raises questions about whether he’ll be with Chicago for training camp, or whether he’ll be traded sometime in the next couple of months, he was no surprise to his teammates.

“Not really. It’s Rob,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “He’s been in the league for a while, and I’m sure he has his reasons for it. We keep waiting for him to come back. We know he’s going to come back in top shape.”

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