Detroit Lions made a quite roster sweep over the weekend, releasing safety Glover Quin, wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby.
The most notable cut is certainly Quin, who spent six seasons in Detroit and managed to earn one Pro Bowl selection during that time. The 33-year-old had one year left on his contract, and the Lions will save $6.25 million in cap space with his release.
“We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team,” – said Lions GM Bob Quinn 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.”
Following the release, Glover Quin posted a photo of himself on one of the Lions’ games, writing: “They say all good things come to an end!! Thank you Detroit!! Its been real!” in the caption.
While Quin was productive for the most of his time with Detroit Lions, his performance dropped significantly in the last season when he failed to have a single interception for the first time since he has been with the franchise. He also only had career-low three passes defended.
One of the reasons for why Lions decided to release Glover Quin, besides his dip in production and significant salary, is that they are well covered at the safety position. They have talented Tracy Walker and veteran Tavon Wilson while cornerback Quandre Diggs also played exceptionally well at the position in 2018.