Robert Quinn had a difficult decision in free agency with two logical contenders (the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons interested in bidding for the veteran pass rusher. Quinn finally chose the Bears, using a very simple procedure to make this decision. .
“I really couldn’t make up my mind, so I had to do it honestly,” said Quinn, explaining how her decision came down to a draw (via Chris Emma of 670 The Score). “The Bears were on the right side. “
Quinn then clarified his remarks, not actually using heads or tails to determine his next team. Quinn said this was to illustrate the closeness of his decision, by Adam Jahns from The Athletic. Quinn signed a $ 70 million, five-year contract with $ 30 million guaranteed at signing. Quite the payday for the 29-year-old push pusher, an amount that seemed unfathomable to Quinn once the free agency started.
Now comes the next question. Did Atlanta really offer Quinn the same annual amount as Chicago? The Falcons settled on Dante Fowler Jr., signing him a $ 45 million contract over three years a week after failing to land Quinn. The Falcons seemed willing to pay the best price for a peak rusher, but five years and $ 30 million guaranteed for a 29-year-old were perhaps too rich for their blood.
Having 25-year-old Fowler sign less than a few years ago might have been the best decision for Atlanta. Fowler registered 11.5 sacks, 58 tackles and finished with 54 pressures last season. Quinn, more established, collected 11.5 bags, two fumbles forced to go with 34 tackles and 47 pressures.
The Falcons and Bears would have been a good choice for Quinn, but the Falcons may have gotten the best deal for losing Quinn. They were lucky to be on the left side of the room.