Dallas Cowboys: Trade for Miami DE Robert Quinn being finalized

Without Quinn, Wake and the release of veteran defensive end Andre Branch last month, the Dolphins' pass-rushing options are limited.

The Cowboys have a need to improve their pass rush.

Last season, the Cowboys defense truly emerged as their biggest strength.

The Cowboys and Dolphins agreed to a trade for defensive end Robert Quinn that would send the defensive end to Dallas, the Cowboys announced Thursday.

Quinn has one year and $11.8 million left on his deal in Miami, but Dallas said it's "reworking that to lower his current hit on the salary cap".

Both players became available because former Patriots defensive coordinators changed systems in their new jobs as head coaches.

The 14th pick in the 2011 draft, Quinn started all 16 games for Miami previous year, with 6.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. Quinn, 28, is especially important because he brings speed to the right end position, a must with the uncertainty surrounding suspended right end Randy Gregory.

Quinn notched double-digit sacks in three of his first four seasons in the league, including a 19-sack effort in 2013.

But if the Cowboys can get Lawrence back in the fold, Quinn is cherry on top of a string of recent acquisitions that have not only allowed them to fill all their holes heading into the upcoming to 2019 NFL Draft but also upgrade the roster since the end of last season in hopes of truly making a deep playoff run next season. He is not insurance for Lawrence, who is in a contract impasse with the Cowboys. After the team struggled in 2018, though, they're now heading in a completely new direction, one that won't include Quinn either as he's reportedly heading to the Dallas Cowboys. Covington and Hyder are rotational depth additions.

  • Rosalie Stanley