INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Dolphins are acquiring Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn from the Los Angeles Rams, a league source confirmed.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is for a mid-round pick. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins and Rams will actually swap picks.
Jarvis Landry is not involved in the deal, according to a league source. The deal cannot be officially processed until March 14.
Quinn, 27, was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Quinn was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014, when he recorded 19 and 10.5 sacks.
For two seasons, Quinn played only 17 games and was limited to a total of 9 sacks.
Last year, Quinn played 15 games and racked up 8.5 sacks.
According to Pro Football Focus, Quinn was the NFL’s 87th-ranked edge rusher last season. They ranked Quinn as 61st as a pass-rusher and 88th against the run.
Quinn may potentially be replacing run-stuffing William Hayes, who was acquired from the Rams prior to last season, but is a free agent.
The Dolphins do not have salary cap space at this time, so other moves will need to be made. It is not immediately known how or if this could affect veteran Cam Wake. Wake has one year left on his deal at $8.6 million and he could be cut for a cap saving of more than $5 million.
Or, Miami could pair Quinn with Wake, Charles Harris and Andre Branch in what, on paper, is a formidable defensive end rotation.
The Dolphins’ sack total last season was not commensurate with their salary cap commitment.