Lions Release Glover Quin In Cap-Saving Move

"All good things come to an end," said Quin.

Will Burchfield
February 15, 2019 - 2:22 pm

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By the end of last season, Glover Quin knew his time with the Lions was coming to an end. His play was slipping, and the team was starting to move in a new direction at safety. Quin said he intended to "cherish the moments" ahead of the season-finale at Ford Field.

On Friday it all became official, as the Lions released Quin from the final year of his contract. In doing so, they'll save $6.25 million against the cap in 2019. 

Quin's career with the Lions spanned six seasons. He never missed a start. It's a streak that started in the 2009 season -- when Quin was a rookie with the Texans -- and now sits at 148 games, the second longest active streak in the NFL. 

And that's where it may end, depending on Quin's plans for 2019. 

Either way, his time in Detroit won't soon be forgotten. 

"They say all good things come to an end!!" Quin wrote on Instagram. "Thank you Detroit!! Its been real!!" 

They say all good things come to an end!! Thank you Detroit!! Its been real!! #ThankYou

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Lions general manager Bob Quinn bid the veteran farewell with the following statement:

“We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team. 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 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.”

With Quin removed from the picture, 2018 third-round draft pick Tracy Walker will see a much bigger role next season. He came on strong toward the end of 2018, seeing increased snaps on defense, and has the flexibility and athleticism that Matt Patricia likes in the secondary. 

Quin's contributions to the Lions can't be overstated. He mentored numerous defensive backs, including a young Darius Slay, and helped set a different standard in the locker room. 

The Lions had one winning season to their name in the 12 years prior to Quin's arrival. They've had three in the six years since. That's nothing for which to plan a parade, but it's meaningful progress.

And it wasn't lost on Quin. 

"I definitely feel like we’ve tried to establish something, and we have," he said toward the end of last season. "I do feel like we’ve changed the perception in some of Detroit.

"Now we gotta start winning those meaningful games in December. It’s good to have them, to put yourself in that situation, but at some point we gotta start winning those meaningful games in December and propel ourselves deeper into the playoffs and to the Super Bowl." 

The Lions also released wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby on Friday.