When asked by reporters if he would be returning next season, the veteran defender responded by saying, “I don’t know. We’ll see.” Asked if he would consider another place to play besides Detroit, he answered, “I don’t know. Depends on the situation.”
Quin, who turns 33 in January, has started all 15 of the Lions’ games in 2018, but has seen some of his play time eaten into by rookie Tracy Walker in recent weeks. Birkett says there is growing speculation the 10-year veteran will retire or be released before next season. The 2014 Pro Bowl selection is due a $5.25MM base salary with an extra $1MM in bonuses next season.
A fourth-round pick in 2009 by Houston, Quin quickly moved into a starting role as a cornerback before transitioning to safety with the Texans. He hit his stride in Detroit, where he logged a league-leading seven interceptions in 2014. His 2018 season has been a down one, however, as Quin has yet to register an interception. He tallied at least two picks in every season since 2011.
During the 2018 offseason, Quin reportedly contemplated retirement while away from the team in the spring dealing with a family issue. He returned for June minicamp, however, and says he has been locked in since returning to the team.
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