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Should the Falcons look into a trade for Robert Quinn?

The Dolphins pass rusher might come at a discount.

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The Falcons are not loaded with cash at the moment. Realistically, until they get Grady Jarrett and Julio Jones ironed out and unless they’re wiling to re-configure the deals of Jake Matthews and Desmond Trufant, that’s not going to change. Their draft class will be paid for by the post-June 1 cut of Ryan Schraeder, but free agent activity is not going to be significant until some of those deals get worked out, or perhaps not even then.

Acknowledging all of that, a trade for Miami’s Robert Quinn is probably a longshot. But with the news that the Dolphins, who are trying in earnest to clear salary for a presumptive 2020 run at a top quarterback and rebuilt team, are willing to eat Quinn’s salary, things get much more interesting.

The reported asking price—a 2020 third rounder—is unlikely to be palatable for the Falcons. If that price should come down, and the Dolphins eat about half of Quinn’s $11.8 million salary for 2019, that may change. This would be the final year of Quinn’s contract, and he’d be hoping to match or improve upon his 6.5 sacks from 2018 to earn another big payday heading into his age 30 season. He’d be a rotational end in Atlanta, but one with a prominent role given Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley’s uneven production to this point and the fact that Adrian Clayborn and others have carved out significant roles in years past.

The team could get Clayborn more cheaply, or re-sign Bruce Irvin and realize real benefits from his pass rushing acumen, and that’s still more likely to be their course if they don’t go whole hog on drafting young defensive ends. Quinn will be appealing if they can’t work those deals out and the team still craves veteran pass rushing help, but

Quinn is a one year addition for the Falcons, as things stand today, but even with his fading production he’d be an impactful addition to the defensive end rotation and a boost to a pass rush that needs it. If the Dolphins will eat enough of his salary—and if the price to get him isn’t too steep—they may consider it. But with Steven Means already in the fold and the team having nine draft selections in a class dotted with potential impact pass rushers, the draft is still probably their principal avenue at this point, and another team with more cash and a more rash nature will likely be the first after Quinn.