Robert Quinn's Decision to Sign With the Bears Came Down to a Literal Coin-Flip

Robert Quinn signed with the Chicago Bears over the Atlanta Falcons this offseason.
Robert Quinn signed with the Chicago Bears over the Atlanta Falcons this offseason. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NFL has gone out of its way to minimize the importance of a coin-flip in recent seasons. Feeling that the coin-flip was too influential in deciding which team wins in overtime, the league changed the rules. Apparently, Robert Quinn didn't get the memo.

Quinn was so torn on whether to sign with the Atlanta Falcons or Chicago Bears, he reportedly left the decision up to fate, letting a coin-flip make the choice for him.

The Bears really lucked out, signing Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal. While that might seem high for an oft-injured pass-rusher entering his age-30 season, Quinn was one of the league's most dominant edge rushers in 2019.

He racked up an impressive 11.5 sacks, but the underlying numbers are even more impressive. He finished with the best pass rush win rate among all edge defenders last year, and received a top-20 pass-rushing grade from Pro Football Focus.

The Bears have had some bad luck recently, but perhaps the Quinn signing is a signal that the tides are changing in Chicago.

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