The DeMarcus Lawrence saga takes another twist and turn after the Dallas Cowboys have acquired defensive end Robert Quinn from the Miami Dolphins. The trade was completed Friday for just a 2020 6th round draft pick, which is tremendous value for the Cowboys.

This is a year where they have gone against the grain and been more active in signing and trading for significant players that will positively impact the team than recent years.

Quinn has racked up 69 sacks in his career with the LA Rams and Miami Dolphins. Over the past two seasons, he accumulated 15 sacks, proving that he is still effective at 28 years old. In his final season of his four year contract, he is owed a base salary of $11.8 million for the 2019 season.

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The trade for Quinn has put the Cowboys in a better position to negotiate with disgruntled star DeMarcus Lawrence who is still waiting for a contract to his liking. The team has offered a 6 year contract worth $120 million at $20 million per year and $50 million guaranteed at signing. With that being said, the pressure is on both sides to get a deal done with Lawrence’s shoulder injury and surgery looming like a dark cloud over negotiations.

The fact that the Cowboys have made the move to acquire Quinn can mean many things. It can serve as a backup plan if Tank and Dallas cannot come to an agreement before the July deadline, with Quinn stepping in as the lead pass rusher on the defense. The trade can also be meant as a way to give Tank a partner across the defense to really help this pass rush who is waiting for Taco Charlton to live up to his first round draft status. But that only works if Tank and the team find a contract that works for both sides.

This offseason is just getting warmed up, and like the weather in Texas, it’s only getting hotter Cowboy Nation.

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