Since this an unusual offseason and with the new rules in the NFL there will not be a lot of intrigue on how much St. Louis Rams 1stRound Draft Pick Robert Quinn will receive. The parameters of a deal are pretty much in place. That being said there appears to be somewhat of an issue because of a problem with Quinn’s handling of agents according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While the agent problems don’t appear to be too serious for the Rams, it does bring up a question that is now fair to ask about Robert Quinn. Are all the red flags that come up with Quinn a sign that Quinn is headed toward being a bust in the NFL?
Without playing a down in the league there is no reason to automatically say that Quinn will be a bust or that he won’t be a productive player on the field. The concern is that the off the field issues continue to swirl around this player. Quinn hasn’t played a down of football since 2009 because he received improper benefits while as a player at North Carolina. Part of that scandal is why Butch Davis was fired from UNC this week. That in itself is enough to make any Rams fan worry a little. But the problems keep piling up before he even has his first practice.
Quinn received travel accommodations from an agent as well as some jewelry while a player at UNC. Then Quinn lied about three different times to investigators. Quinn would not be the first player to have ever done anything like that during his collegiate days. He also shouldn’t be totally judged on that. But, when you add that agent scandal on top of what is going on currently, it has to make you concerned about the player and his decision making abilities off the field.
The current agent issue revolves around Quinn hiring an agent earlier this year and then hiring a new one within the past few months. The first agent wants compensation for services rendered and is seeking an injunction to stop Quinn from signing. All of that will be hashed out in the courtroom and it would be surprising if there will be any slowdown in the Rams actually getting Quinn into camp, but it is a concern.
If Quinn is delayed in getting into camp because of the agent issue, then it becomes an even bigger issue considering that the first act as a professional football player is to have an off-field incident that hurts the team, and Quinn himself. Quinn needs to get into camp as quickly as possible and everyone knows that. Quinn has not had one practice or one meeting as a Rams player. He will need every available snap to get ready for September and any shenanigans with this agent issue would be ridiculous.
The St. Louis Rams, Steve Spagnuolo and Billy Devaney have been very good thus far in keeping the locker room pretty well clean from any players who create off the field distraction. The issues surrounding Quinn are not the worst kinds of issues, but it goes to the core of questioning his decision making.
Quinn knew the rules of the NCAA and not only chose to break them, but then chose to lie about them. Quinn had over a year to decide who his agent was going to be so he could get drafted and get in camp on time. Now that is in question. What is going to happen when Quinn starts making money and starts getting the benefits of being an NFL player? It is a fair question to ask at this point.
The Rams have stressed character with this current squad. Hopefully I am wrong with Quinn, but there are too many red flags being raised about this player. The Rams can’t afford a bust. Hopefully Quinn will get this all straightened out before any real d
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