Chicago Bears: 10 random thoughts heading into Week 7 vs the Bucs

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Robert Quinn should remain on the Chicago Bears roster in 2022

We are seeing what Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack can do together this season now that Quinn is actually healthy. I was excited when Ryan Pace brought Quinn in last year as he was a proven pass rusher compared to Leonard Floyd — the OLB Quinn replaced. His 2020 season was less than spectacular though. It made Quinn’s contract look absolutely awful — maybe one of the worst in the NFL.

Quinn’s contract has him on the roster through the 2024 season. He will be 34 years old that year. The team has a potential out in 2022, and many fans are still wanting to see Quinn off the books. If they cut him at the end of the season, the Bears will have nearly $13 million dollars in dead cap to pay. If they do a post-June 1 cut then it can be spread out over two years and it drops to $6.5 million. Not bad but not ideal either.

Quinn is proving he can be a great pass rusher when healthy. He has 5.5 sacks on the year — just half a sack behind Khalil Mack. These two are a key reason why the team has 21 sacks and leads the league in that category right now. I would love to see this duo back next season as Justin Fields continues to develop in year two.

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If the Chicago Bears move on from him in 2023 instead, then that dead cap can be cut from $8.4 million down to $4.2 million if done as a post-June 1 cut. This is easier to digest in my opinion.