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Los Angeles Rams trade Robert Quinn to Miami Dolphins

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in his entire career, Russell Wilson will not have to deal with Robert Quinn terrorizing him in the backfield.*

*- Unless the Dolphins make the Super Bowl.

The Los Angeles Rams have dealt the veteran pass rusher Miami Dolphins, with the expectation that mid- and late-round draft picks will be swapped. Quinn was owed $22 million over the final two seasons of his four-year contract extension, and he spent much of 2015 and 2016 sidelined due to injury. I imagine that’s one way to create some more cap space to give Aaron Donald his own contract extension.

The 27-year-old racked up 8.5 sacks in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 system this past season, but he’ll be back in a 4-3 defense in Miami, where 36-year-old Cameron Wake just racked up 10.5 sacks in his ninth season with the team. At his peak, Quinn racked up a ridiculous 19 sacks in 2013, along with seven forced fumbles.

This news comes on the heels of Los Angeles acquiring Marcus Peters via trade, and it was reported at the time that Quinn drew interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, but ultimately the two sides just exchanged draft picks, much like the Rams and Dolphins are doing right now.

From a Seattle Seahawks perspective, what the Rams just did was trade away the guy who has sacked Russell Wilson more times than any other player. In ten games against the Seahawks (2012-2017), Quinn sacked Wilson a whopping 13 times, and only once did he fail to go a full game without wrangling Russ to the ground. He’s been as much of a nuisance for various iterations of the Seahawks offensive line as Calais Campbell was, and now both Quinn and Campbell are on AFC teams in Florida.

Quinn may not have been performing up to his elite standards from a few seasons ago, but I think we can all agree it’s a major sigh of relief that he’s not going to be planting Wilson onto the turf twice a year anymore.