LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Ahead of the NFL trade deadline, many were wondering if the Bears would make a major move with one of their veteran players.

On Wednesday, two days after they scored their biggest win of the season, they’ve done just that.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Bears confirmed that they’ve traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2023 fourth round pick. The deal had been widely reported earlier Thurday afternoon.

The 12-year NFL veteran spent the last two-and-a-half seasons with the Bears after signing with the team as a free agent before the 2020 season. Quinn still has a year-and-a-half left on that five-year, $70 million contract.

In three seasons in Chicago, he finished with 21 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles, 31 quarterback hits, and 77 tackles in 38 games. His most productive season came in 2021, when he set a new Bears single-season sack record, netting 18 1/2 in 16 games, breaking the previous record set by Richard Dent in 1984 (17 sacks).

During his seven games this season, Quinn registered one sack and eight tackles as he moved back to defensive end from outside linebacker as the Bears switched to a 4-3 scheme.

Quinn is a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end who has played for the Rams, Dolphins, and Cowboys along with the Bears. He was named a first team All-Pro in 2013 in St. Louis and a second team All-Pro in 2021 in Chicago.