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Most Likely Destinations for Robert Quinn in Free Agency

Max Staley
Robert Quinn was one of the NFL's most effective pass-rushers in 2019.
Robert Quinn was one of the NFL's most effective pass-rushers in 2019. / Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images
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Coming off a down four-year stretch, Robert Quinn revitalized his career in 2019. He sacked opposing passers 11.5 times, his best mark since 2013, and did so despite playing in just 14 games.

The advanced metrics were even more favorable to Quinn, however, as he posted the highest pass rush win rate (33 percent) among all edge defenders. And it wasn't particularly close. He was five percentage points higher than second-place T.J. Watt. In other words, the gap between Quinn and Watt was as large as the gap between the second-best mark and the eighth-best.

With the pass-rusher set to hit the open market, here are three of the most likely landing spots for the newly-rejuvenated Quinn in free agency.

1. Buffalo Bills

Robert Quinn would be an interesting fit with the Bills.
Robert Quinn would be an interesting fit with the Bills. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills need a pass-rushing boost on the edge, and they have more than enough space to get a deal done. They had the league's second-best scoring defense in 2019, but did so despite ranking middle of the pack (No. 17) with 92 QB hits. Quinn would instantly become a force on the edge, while second-year DT Ed Oliver terrorizes opponents on the interior. With the fourth-most available cap space, money shouldn't be an issue here.

2. Seattle Seahawks

Jadeveon Clowney could be leaving Seattle this offseason.
Jadeveon Clowney could be leaving Seattle this offseason. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks could have a huge hole on the edge if Jadeveon Clowney leaves in free agency. Even with him, though, Seattle posted the NFL's fourth-lowest sack rate in 2019, so an upgrade might be in order regardless of Clowney's status. Either way, Quinn would fill a need, and Seattle has more than $52 million to spend this offseason. Signing both certainly isn't out of the question, and Seattle's gamble on Ezekiel Ansah last season proves it's willing to bring in some veteran pass-rushers.

3. Dallas Cowboys

Robert Quinn was flat-out dominant with the Cowboys, and he could end up re-signing with the team.
Robert Quinn was flat-out dominant with the Cowboys, and he could end up re-signing with the team. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Of course, Quinn could ultimately land back with the team that revitalized his career. As mentioned above, Dallas seems like the perfect scheme for Quinn to utilize his talents off the edge. While the team has plenty of big-name players seeking new contracts (Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, etc.), retaining Quinn should be a priority as well. Currently sitting with more than $73 million in space, Dallas can certainly find a way to fit him in under the cap.


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