NFL Rumors: Despite Interest, Bears not Looking to Trade Pro-bowl Pass Rusher

The Bears desperately avoiding the term "rebuild" this offseason all seems like redundant wordplay from a new leadership group attempting to dodge the negative stigma that surrounds the word. 

Whatever the appropriate terms is, the Bears are set to experience a reasonable amount of turnover on the defensive side of the ball this year but it appears that edge rusher Robert Quinn is one player in particular the team is looking to keep for now. On Wednesday morning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Bears are not currently shopping Quinn on the trade market as per sources that are closely informed on the situation in Chicago. 

It makes sense that teams around the league would be making calls to inquire on Quinn's availability after the Bears already traded Khalil Mack several weeks ago. Quinn, 31, is a productive veteran who proved last year that he is still capable of being a strong contributor as he logged 18.5 sacks through 16 games and ranked in the top 15 of all defenders in quarterback pressures with 57.

This upcoming season, Quinn is also only due $12.8 million in base salary and dose not have any more guaranteed money throughout the final 3 years of his contract which would only add to his value and appeal as a potential trade target for other teams. A reasonable price tag, contract flexibility and production all typically attract curious teams to inquire about potentially available veterans. 

Regardless, it dose not appear that Quinn is headed anywhere as of right now but at this time of year that is always subject to change. Usually, there is an underlying message to these types of reports that maybe there just has not been a good enough offer yet; and with the Bears only having six draft picks heading into Thursday night they may have to part with a few more desirable assets if they wish to be more active participants in the draft.

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