3 dream trades to make the Seahawks championship contenders in 2023
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks add Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears
Forget Quinn’s age. He might be 33 years old when the 2023 season begins but he appears to be an ageless wonder. He has also shown since 2017 that he has the ability to stay healthy. In 2021, Quinn in a 3-4 base, mind you – had 18.5 sacks for the Bears. And that is part of the key to bringing Quinn in: He knows how to be extremely productive in a 3-4 base.
Quinn is a situational player. He can get after opposing quarterbacks but isn’t great against the run. He isn’t terrible either, but if he is given the task to chase down QBs and his snaps go from 77 percent in 2021 (which they were with Chicago) to closer to 50 percent with the Seahawks, he can be good for several more seasons in a 3-4.
I realize that Quinn is very expensive. He is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and those players get paid more than most humans. But he is signed already through 2024 and his dead cap goes from $17,137,500 in 2022 to $4,237,500 in 2024 so if for some reason in 2023 he isn’t as good as expected the Seahawks can re-evaluate.
So Seattle could bring in a player of Quinn’s ability to help with the young pass rushers the team already has, know that he is signed for three more seasons, only give up maybe a second-round choice (worth it!) and save money as the years go by if they did release him. That’s a no-brainer, right? Oh, and he would get to chase down Rams players and Quinn as a former Los Angeles player would probably love that.