Chicago Bears what to watch for in Week 17 game vs Giants

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Quinn is about to make history

Amid this horrible season, the Chicago Bears and their fans have one thing to look forward to this Sunday — Robert Quinn. Quinn currently has 17 sacks this season. The franchise record for sacks in a season is 17.5, set by the great Richard Dent in 1984.

Even though Quinn is nonchalant about setting the record, he admits that setting the record for a franchise like the Chicago Bears and moving ahead of a player like Dent is a big deal.

"Richard Dent is a household name around here. To even be in that same conversation, it’s an honor."

It is incredible to see Quinn have this success. General manager Ryan Pace took a lot of heat for signing him to a 5-year, $70 million deal last year. It got even hotter when Quinn rewarded Pace with just 20 tackles and 2 sacks.

This season, however, in addition to the 17 sacks he has 46 tackles. Furthermore, he not only made the Pro Bowl but he’ll be a starter.

We don’t know what might happen this offseason. The Bears could buy him out and save $4.4 million in salary-cap space.  They could designate him as a post-June 1st cut and those numbers reverse — they’ll save $12.9 million and only have a dead cap amount of $4.2 million. Of course, they could decide to restructure his deal.

As you can see, there are some big decisions to be made on Quinn. For now, though, let’s enjoy his trip to history this week.