According to Jenna Laine of ESPN, the Cleveland Browns (along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) tried to trade for Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn prior to the Miami Dolphins landing him in an agreed-upon trade this past Friday.
As part of the deal, which can become official on March 14, the Dolphins are sending a 4th and a 6th round pick to the Rams. Quinn had two years left on his contract, including an $11.44 million cap hit in 2018 and a $12.9 million cap hit in 2019.
Quinn was an extremely productive pass rusher early in his career with the Rams, registering 40 sacks from 2012-2014. But from 2015-2017, he had 17.5 sacks — not bad, but not quite the player he started out as.
If the Browns were indeed in on Quinn, then it sounds like they preferred not to send a trade package worth more than what the Dolphins offered. The interest in him shows that the front office is seeking another pass rusher besides Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah. If they don’t land that player in free agency or via a trade, there is always Bradley Chubb in the draft.