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Instead of cutting Robert Quinn Rams send him to Miami in trade, further thinning out pass rusher market

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NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A week ago, the market for pass rushers was shaping up to be a pretty decent one. But with just under two weeks until the start of the league year, it’s thinning fast.

One of the moves that was expected to bolster the market was the Rams cutting defensive end Robert Quinn. He is due some $12.4 million against the cap next season and over $25 million over the next two seasons.

But instead of cutting Quinn, they found a taker in the Miami Dolphins, who have agreed to send a mid-round pick to LA in exchange for the 28-year-old former All Pro. This was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and has since been confirmed by several others.

This trade comes on the heels of the Lions slapping Ezekiel Ansah with the franchise tag to keep him from becoming a free agent.

Next player who figures to get the franchise tag before the March 6 deadline is Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence.

After that, the cupboard isn’t completely dry, but the talent level drops significantly and there are no great prizes to be had. Shaquil Barrett and Junior Gallette are probably the top two set to become free agents. While there are a few others who could be released as well.