Lions Release S Glover Quin

The Lions released safety Glover Quin, according to a team announcement. In related moves, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby were also cut from the roster. 

We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team,” Lions GM Bob Quinn said in a statement. “Since joining the organization in 2013, Glover exemplified everything it means to be a true professional in this league — as both a competitor on the field and a leading voice in the community. Coach [Matt] Patricia and I have the utmost respect for him as a man and player, and we wish him nothing but the very best in the future.”

Quin, 33 in January, started all 16 of the Lions’ games in 2018, but saw some of his play time eaten into by rookie Tracy Walker down the stretch. Meanwhile, it has been speculated that the ten-year veteran may retire. The 2014 Pro Bowl selection was due a $5.25MM base salary with an extra $1MM in bonuses for 2019. By cutting Quin, the Lions saved $6.25MM in cap space.

Quin joined the Lions before the 2013 season and played in every game over six years for Detroit. His 148-game starting streak leads all active safeties in the NFL, but that could soon come to a stop.

Quin enjoyed the best season of his career in 2014 when he earned a Pro Bowl nod and registered seven interceptions. Over his decade in the NFL, Quin recorded 24 interceptions and 740 tackles in total.

Without Quin, the Lions will now likely have 2018 third-round pick Tracy Walker start alongside Quandre Diggs.

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8 comments on “Lions Release S Glover Quin

  1. Wolf Hoffmann

    Lions are an awful organization. Not because of this transaction. But in general.

    • crosseyedlemon

      There was a time when you could say the same thing about the Patriots.

  2. connfyoozed

    If Quin wants to keep playing he should have a lot of suitors, he’s been a good player for a long time and he’s talent-wise a step above all of those safeties who couldn’t find work last year. But I have a feeling that his release might be because the Lions think he’s going to retire.

    • detroitmashers

      Or because he wasn’t very good this past season and Tracy walker looked very promising when he played

  3. jay13

    Glover Quin was great for the lions. He is going to be missed. That being said, Tracy Walker earned the job at the end of the year. Very excited to see him mature on defense.

    Quin will have no problem finding another job if he is playing another year.

  4. tigerdoc616
    tigerdoc616

    Kind of sad that cutting Quinn was a necessary financial move vs letting him decide to retire.

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