3 reasons Chicago Bears trading Robert Quinn was smart

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The Chicago Bears traded a fourth-round pick for Robert Quinn. This puts an end to trade talks that have been circling around Quinn since back around OTAs. While the move was expected, it still ended up surprising some, especially in terms of the return.

Still, most reactions are based on expectations, and the reality is that if fans are disappointed by this trade, then they probably did not have the correct expectations. Here are three reasons why this is a no-brainer.

3. Robert Quinn was not going to get the Chicago Bears a high pick

There have been some fans expecting to see Robert Quinn fetch them a high pick. Those are the ones disappointed. To most, the reality is that a fourth-round pick is a fair return. We just wrote last week that the return for Quinn would not be a mind-blowing draw.

Quinn is having a down year, he is older, his contract is not great, and he is very likely to be a rental for the team acquiring him. Beyond that, the Eagles will use him as one of four in a rotation, and he is unlikely to start for the team with Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, and Brandon Graham.

They gave up the most and even they do not view him as their top rusher or even a starter. So, the demand was low, and teams were only viewing him as a rental who could rush rotationally.

The Chicago Bears were going to have to cut Robert Quinn this off-season if they did not move him this year. So, they could have got nothing, but instead got a fourth-round pick. Some fans will be mad that they had to eat some dead money, but they would have had to do that as well, and still get nothing back this offseason. Beyond that, it is better to eat the dead money now than to have it bleed into the next season when the books look much cleaner.

This was really a no-brainer when you think about it.