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Robert Quinn takes parting shot at Rams, says he was ‘suffocating’ in L.A.

With all of the additions the Los Angeles Rams have made this offseason, two trades get somewhat overlooked: Alec Ogletree to the Giants and Robert Quinn to the Dolphins. The Rams dealt away two of their costliest players, freeing up some much-needed cap space. That money was used to acquire guys like Ndamukong Suh, Brandin Cooks and Aqib Talib, bolstering the roster further.

Les Snead openly admitted that the Rams dealt Quinn and Ogletree in order to make those aforementioned moves, which probably didn’t sit well with them. Quinn, in particular, took exception to the trade.

During a conference call with Miami media, Quinn shared his thoughts on being dealt by the Rams, and they were not exactly positive.

“It’s like this, this is the first time I’ve traded,” he said, via the Sun Sentinel. “You commit yourself to someone and basically you have a family member turn their back on you, and you realize who appreciates you around here and you commit yourself to them … I’ve got a new family now here in Miami and that’s all I’m concerned about.”

Quinn didn’t go into detail as to why he’s happy about getting a fresh start in Miami, but it likely has to do with the fact that the Rams gave him a $65.6 million extension just over three years ago. A lot has changed in that timeframe, but it sounds like he didn’t enjoy his time in Los Angeles.

“Honestly, you don’t realize you’re suffocating until you can’t breathe anymore,” he said, “so honestly I’m glad I can have a new breath of fresh air down here in Miami.”

Quinn said he’s “not a West Coast guy,” and although he wouldn’t elaborate beyond that, it’s clear he’s more comfortable on the East Coast. He grew up in South Carolina and attended UNC before packing his bags for St. Louis and then California in 2016.

It’s unclear if Quinn had a rift with the coaching staff, or if he simply didn’t like living out west, but he seems content with the fact that his time in Los Angeles is over.

Now, he’ll get a chance to revive his career in Miami as a 4-3 defensive end, putting his hand in the dirt once again.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever watched the Olympics, but I’ve never seen one of the sprinters run from a two-point stance,” Quinn said.

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