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Rams reportedly trade Robert Quinn to Dolphins

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A pretty good pass-rusher is departing the NFC West.

The Los Angeles Rams have traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. It’s the second big trade involving the Rams in the past several days, after the Marcus Peters trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The compensaton is a “mid-round pick,” according to Schefter.

Quinn has been considered a potential cap casualty despite his mostly-high level of play, and some have suggested the San Francisco 49ers could be interested in him to aid their pass rush if he became available. Well, apparently he was available, but probably not to the 49ers.

The pass rusher had two years remaining on his deal, and cap hits of over $12 million for both seasons. It’s not that he’s not worth that money, it’s just that the Rams have a slew of players they need to think about extending in the near future, including another defensive lineman, Aaron Donald.

Moving Quinn saves a lot of cap space and gives the Rams some breathing room to keep making deals to stay competitive — and on top — of the NFC West. There were also reports that the Rams offered Quinn to the Chiefs as part of the Peters trade, whether straight-up or accompanied by a lesser draft pick is unknown at this time.

The Los Angeles pass rush just got worse, but it could be a boost for the team overall in the end. Quinn, 27, has 62.5 sacks, 21 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a defensive touchdown and 175 tackles in 95 career games.