Matt Eberflus on Robert Quinn’s unexcused absence: We hoped he would be here

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Edge rusher Robert Quinn didn’t show up for the Bears’ mandatory minicamp, and coach Matt Eberflus indicated Tuesday that Quinn’s absence was unexcused.

“We hoped he would be here. He’s not,” Eberflus said, via WGN9. “(General Manager) Ryan (Poles) and his staff are going to work through that.”

The Bears could fine Quinn a maximum of $15,980 for the first missed practice, $31,961 for the second and $47,936 for the third, bringing the maximum sum for all three days of the mandatory minicamp to $95,877.

Quinn, the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason, continues to train on his own. Eberflus said he wished Quinn a happy 32nd birthday last month when asked if he had talked to the Pro Bowler.

“We’ve talked to him, but in terms of being here, not being here, I’m going to leave that all up to Ryan,” Eberflus said.

Quinn is entering the third year of a five-year, $70 million contract he signed before the 2020 season. He had only two sacks in 15 games in 2020 before setting the franchise record with 18.5 sacks in 16 games in 2021.

It was the second-highest total of his career behind the 19 sacks he had in 2013 with the Rams, and Quinn earned his third Pro Bowl selection, and he was second-team All-Pro.

“It’s Rob,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “He’s been in the league for a while, and I’m pretty sure he has his reasons and we’re just waiting on him to come back. We know he’s going to come back in tip-top (shape).”

9 responses to “Matt Eberflus on Robert Quinn’s unexcused absence: We hoped he would be here

  1. He’s 32 and wants a chance to be on a competitive team in the playoffs.
    I think he wants out of Da Bears and traded to a team that will give him that chance. The Bears are going through a rebuild,…again.

  2. Dude has ONE good season 3 years into a 5 year deal and wants more money. These guys sure know how to help a team destroy their salary cap. I bet he still got paid his full salary in 2020 when he stunk up the field!!
    I wouldn’t cave in ans give him a penny more. He is not going to repeat 2021 and he knows it so trying to cash in one lady time.
    Selfish!!! Not a team player.. was just like this in Miami hence the reason they didn’t sign him again

  3. Who wouldn’t want out of the Bears organization. The Bear a joke for years.

  4. I question that he wants a new contract — I thought there were rumors of a trade and his desire at his age not to be on a rebuilding team? The lack of attendance at a mini-camp is a pretty low-leverage way to get the point across. Seems like a fairly reasonable position.

  5. Tony Awesome says:
    June 14, 2022 at 4:32 pm
    He’s 32 and wants a chance to be on a competitive team in the playoffs.
    I think he wants out of Da Bears and traded to a team that will give him that chance. The Bears are going through a rebuild,…again.

    Then sign one year contracts. Obviously nobody else wanted to pay him when he signed for whatever he made with the Bears so he made that choice. Honor the contract, they stunk back when he signed so he knew where he was going. You can’t have it both ways, either honor the contract or sign one year deals betting on yourself. We don’t need him here, we can get a young guy for a lot less money to play that position and go 6-11 or probably worse this year. See ya later!

  6. If Quinn signed with the Bears 3 years ago thinking he was going to win, he’s not very bright. What’s likely is he signed with them to get paid and has now cashed enough checks that winning matters again.

  7. People need to quit without honor the contract bs. Teams dont honor a contract they cut players everyday so why should the players?

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