Detroit Lions free safety quietly one of the best in the league – Detroit Lions News

Detroit Lions free safety quietly one of the best in the league – Detroit Lions News

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Glover Quin didn’t quite grasp what he’d accomplished until he got off the phone with his wife just before the Detroit Lions‘ first practice of training camp.

Quin finalized a two-year extension that will keep him in Detroit through the 2019 season on Sunday afternoon, and when he called his wife to tell her the deal was official, she told him: “Congratulations. I’m really happy for you. You’re signing your third NFL contract.”

“A lot of people don’t sign three NFL contracts,” Quin said. “So when she said that it was like, wow, a little kid like me from a small town in Mississippi – Summit, Miss., – just to be in the NFL long enough to receive three contracts and to play at a level high enough to be rewarded with three contacts, it feels good.”

Though Quin turns 32 in January, the Lions had no qualms about giving their ironman safety a short-term extension.

In four seasons in Detroit, Quin has played at a Pro-Bowl level while never missing a game and he’s become the unlikely backbone of the Lions’ defense.

Last year, he made 68 tackles and tied for the team lead with two interceptions, and he enters this fall with a 116-game starting streak, most in the NFL among safeties and seventh most overall.

Quin said finalizing the deal now, before the start of camp, brought him a welcome peace of mind. Contract talks had been ongoing for several months, and Quin said he convinced himself he’d be OK testing free agency next spring if a deal wasn’t done before the season.

“Going into the last year of a contract you just never know what’s going to happen,” Quin said. “If you don’t get a deal, now…

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