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Report: Bears land pass-rusher Robert Quinn


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero have reported that the Bears have agreed to terms with linebacker Robert Quinn.

NFL teams are prohibited from announcing that they have agreed to terms with a free agent pending a physical until the player officially signs his contract. And it's unclear when that will be allowed to happen because—due to concerns about the coronavirus—the league is not permitting clubs to meet with free agents at their facilities or other locations.

Quinn, 29, has appeared in 125 NFL games with 106 starts over nine seasons with the Rams (2011-17), Dolphins (2018) and Cowboys (2019). He has recorded 290 tackles, 80.5 sacks, 90 tackles-for-loss, 25 forced fumbles, 20 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one touchdown.

Quinn was chosen by the Rams with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of North Carolina. The 6-4, 260-pounder emerged as a star in his second season in 2012, compiling 10.5 sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss.

Quinn continued to ascend in 2013, establishing career highs with 19.0 sacks, a league-leading 23 tackles-for-loss, 34 quarterback hits, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries—one of which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in a 42-21 win over the Bears at Soldier Field. His performance earned him first-team All-Pro honors and his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Quinn returned to the Pro Bowl in 2014 when he registered 10.5 sacks, 13 tackles-for-loss and a league-leading five forced fumbles. In 48 games over three seasons with the Rams from 2012-14, Quinn amassed 40.0 sacks, 47 tackles-for-loss, 71 quarterback hits and 13 forced fumbles.

Hampered by injuries in 2015-16, Quinn returned to play a full season in 2017 before being traded by the Rams to the Dolphins on March 14, 2018 in exchange for a fourth-round pick and a swap of sixth-round choices. In his only season in Miami, Quinn started all 16 games and recorded 6.5 sacks.

Traded to the Cowboys on March 28, 2019 for a sixth-round pick, Quinn had a resurgent season in Dallas while starting all 14 games he played. His team-leading 11.5 sacks and 22 quarterback hits were his most since 2013 and his 13 tackles-for-loss were his most since 2014.

According to Next Gen Stats, Quinn generated pressure on 14.0 percent of his pass rushes last season, second behind only the Packers' Za'Darius Smith (14.6) and ahead of the 49ers' Nick Bosa (13.9), the Jaguars' Josh Allen (13.8) and the Rams' Aaron Donald (13.5).

In addition, Quinn's average pass rush get-off time of 0.80 seconds ranked fifth among edge rushers with at least 300 pass rushes in 2019.