Detroit Lions minimize safety Glover Quin on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Free Press sports author Dave Birkett breaks down what it usually means, discusses NFL draft.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Glover Quin was so guaranteed that his time in Detroit was coming to an finish right after the Lions hired Matt Patricia that the Professional Bowl safety stated in a new podcast that he in fact experimented with to get the crew to launch him final offseason.

“I in fact experimented with to get out of my deal heading into the period,” Quin said in an episode of The Satisfaction Podcast posted Thursday. “Induce I just, like I stated, I realized it was heading to get to this stage. I could see it. I realized it was heading to take place. I have an understanding of the enterprise of football and I realized we ended up heading to get to this stage so I was just trying to prevent it ahead of it even obtained started.”

Quin, one of the NFL’s leading ironmen with 148 consecutive commences, was introduced by the Lions final Friday right after six seasons with the crew.

He built his only Professional Bowl and led the NFL in interceptions in 2014, but dropped taking part in time final period to rookie third-spherical select Tracy Walker and was set to rely approximately $8 million against the salary cap future period.

The Lions freed up $6.25 million in cap home with Quin’s launch.

“It was not essentially (I was) contemplating retirement, even though I did think about it a tiny little bit cause I experienced some other things heading on,” Quin stated. “But I was actually considering, like, irrespective of whether I required to appear back again to Detroit cause I realized that with the new coaches, with all that stuff, I realized they ended up heading in a unique path. And for the final handful of yrs, the way things experienced been, the way the business was, the way it form of experienced in shape, I form of experienced felt like, ‘OK, boom, they just obtained rid of Mentor (Jim) Caldwell, they’re (about) to go in a completely unique path. I actually really do not want to have to begin above again in another unique path in Detroit.’ I form of felt like, ‘OK, I have completed what I can do. They are heading to begin with a new coach, enable them begin clean with another participant and enable me go.’”

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Quin, who started all 96 of his games with the Lions and was regarded one of the team’s most authoritative voices in the locker home, stayed absent from the crew in the course of offseason exercises final 12 months even though attending to family matters in Houston.

He stated he asked for his launch with the intention of catching on with his hometown Texans, while he realized the Lions wouldn’t grant his ask for once they drafted Walker.

“I realized that they was not heading to do that final 12 months, but for me as a human being, I just did not want to go into the 12 months not even asking the concern to see,” Quin stated. “It was form of this thing in which if I check with them and they convey to me no, Alright, which is amazing. But what if they would have told me yeah? What if they would have felt the very same way? ‘OK, very well, yeah, we’re heading to go in a unique path. If you really do not want to be a aspect of it, we’ll give you an option to go on. We’ve obtained some clauses, we can get out of the deal,’ all that excellent stuff. What if they would have stated that?

“So for me it was form of just like, ‘OK, I know they’re not heading to do it, but I at minimum have to check with just to sense excellent with myself.’ But when they drafted Tracy, I realized which is what they would want (me to support groom him). This was Quandre’s initial 12 months at safety, so just getting someone that can support and tutorial the way and get those people fellas completely ready, give them a 12 months to develop, I realized that would be what they required so I was amazing with it.”


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Quin stated the Lions have a solid defensive program under Patricia but that “I just did not in shape it really very well.”

He predicted the crew will be fine with Walker and Quandre Diggs at safety, and stated he was not surprised at all when normal manager Bob Quinn called final Friday to convey to him the crew was moving on.

“I’m sitting down on the couch and then all of a unexpected I see Bob Quinn reveals up on my cellphone, I am like ‘Oh, Alright, right here we go,'” Quin stated. “So I answered it.and like I stated, I realized what it was so it was not like it was a surprise to me.”

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As for his foreseeable future, Quin stated he is not guaranteed nevertheless if he’ll engage in an 11th NFL period in 2019.

“I’ll see most likely what transpires, what alternatives might be out there,” he stated. “If it’s some thing that I sense like I want to do, some thing that I sense like might make perception for myself and my family I might entertain it, and if it’s not then I’ll connect with it a profession. But I have not resolved nevertheless. I’m just form of hanging out right now.

“It is form of humorous cause I experimented with Starbucks today for the initial time. I only experienced like a cinnamon shortbread Frappuccino, some thing like that. So I place it on my IG story and my coach, he messaged me and he was like, hashtag sugar. And I despatched it back again, I was like hashtag unemployed. This is the initial time in 10 yrs I have been unemployed so just form of sitting down back again. I think Friday will be a week, so I’m just sitting down back again relaxing. I’m not speeding to any conclusions right now.”

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