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Rams exercise Robert Quinn’s fifth-year option

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It should come as no surprise that an NFL team is in no hurry to part ways with a defensive end that had 19 sacks during the 2013 season, so we’ll assume that no one’s eyebrows will dart to the top of their head with Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports’ report that the Rams have exercised their option on Robert Quinn’s contract to hold onto him through 2015.

Quinn added 18 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles in a defensive performance as good as any in the league last year. Should Quinn play out the 2015 season under the terms of his current deal, he’ll make $6.969 million.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams move to extend Quinn’s contract before that option year kicks in, however. Locking up Quinn across from Chris Long would give the Rams the foundation of a strong defensive line and pass rush, although it won’t come cheap.

Quinn is the 12th player drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft to have his option exercised. Teams have until May 3 to exercise the options, which are guaranteed against injury only.

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8 Responses to “Rams exercise Robert Quinn’s fifth-year option”
  1. garyhd01 says: Apr 28, 2014 1:51 PM

    this surely falls under the heading of a no brainer i love him and my rams lets get better in the draft and head to the playoffs in 2014 GO RAMS!!

  2. micknangold says: Apr 28, 2014 1:58 PM

    He had 18 tackles for loss NOT including the 19 sacks? Holy sh!t. How did Kuechly win DPOY over him exactly? I agree Kuechly deserved it, but you’d figure the AP would go ga-ga over the sacks, TFLs, and FFs and just give Quinn the award. In any event, that’s a truly incredible season.

  3. 6ball says: Apr 28, 2014 2:14 PM

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    Best Rams pass rusher since Deacon Jones.

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  4. kingokra says: Apr 28, 2014 2:33 PM

    Amateur move by the Rams. Let this guy hit the open market!

  5. winstonjed44 says: Apr 28, 2014 3:48 PM

    Love watching this guy play. I was hoping the Robert Mathis would win DPOY because not only did he have a phenomenal season, but he did it at age 32 and after spending years in Freeney’s shadow, he finally got more recognition. Quinn was my second choice, but luckily for him, he’ll have a lot more chances to win. Quinn and Long remind me of Freeney and Mathis as a dynamic pass rushing duo.

  6. jayovalentine says: Apr 28, 2014 4:22 PM

    Oops…. im in the wrong year… Quinn drafted in 2011. J.J. Watt, Von Miller and those guys came out that year too.

  7. raiderapologist says: Apr 28, 2014 8:38 PM

    Maybe he can teach Long how to play the run. The Rams must have been thrilled when Detroit took Fairley instead of Quinn.

  8. flyinghighphil says: Apr 29, 2014 4:03 PM

    Great to hear, be even better to lock him up for another 5 yrs after that.He was robbed of D.P.O.Y last year, Wich will make him even more dangerous this year. I feel he will win 2 or 3 of these before he’s done. With Quinn/ Long Laurinitis leading the defense . The offense will be much better. The RAMS will be winning more Lombardi trophy s real soon.

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