INDIANAPOLIS -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had just 22 sacks in 2017, did, in fact, try to trade for Los Angeles Rams pass-rusher Robert Quinn. So did the Cleveland Browns, before the Miami Dolphins landed him, multiple sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins sent fourth- and sixth-round draft picks to the Rams to nab Quinn, 27, who carried a $12.4 million cap hit in 2018. The Bucs offered a fourth-round pick and the Browns offered a fifth, two sources said.
The Bucs have eight draft selections this year and about $73 million in cap space heading into free agency, among the top five in the league.
The Browns had 34 sacks in 2017, 21st in the league. They have a whopping 12 draft selections in 2018 -- including five in the first two rounds -- and over $100 million in cap space, the most in the NFL.
Quinn registered 40 sacks in a three-year span from 2012 to 2014, but has been hit hard with injuries over the past three seasons. He missed eight games in 2015 due to knee and hip injuries. He also had a back injury that landed him on injured reserve and forced him to undergo surgery.
He struggled with a shoulder injury in 2016 and was placed on injured reserve with a concussion.
Quinn had 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 games in 2017, his first year at outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.
The Bucs have been actively searching for pass-rush help this offseason, but the draft isn’t rich with edge-rushers after Bradley Chubb, although Marcus Davenport had a strong week at the NFL combine. The free-agent market is also getting smaller. The Detroit Lions gave Ezekiel Ansah the franchise tag and DeMarcus Lawrence also will likely get the franchise tag from the Dallas Cowboys.