Lions Release S Glover Quin, WR Bruce Ellington & LB Nicholas Grigsby

The Detroit Lions announced Friday that they’ve released S Glover Quin, WR Bruce Ellington, and LB Nicholas Grigsby.

Here’s a statement from Lions GM Bob Quinn:

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.

Quin, 33, is a former fourth-round pick of the Texans back in 2009. After four years in Houston, Quinn signed a five-year, $23.5 million contract with the Lions in March of 2013.

Quin later agreed to a two-year, $13 million extension with the in 2017. He was entering the final year of his contract and set to make a base salary of $5,250,000 for the 2019 season.

According to, releasing will free up $6.25 million of available cap space while creating $1,666,668 in dead money. 

In 2018, Quin appeared in all 16 games for the Lions and recorded 74 tackles, one sack, no interceptions and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 58 safety out of 93 qualifying players.

Ellington, 27, is a former fourth-round pick of the 49ers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.694 million rookie contract when he was waived by San Francisco and claimed by the Jets.

The Texans signed Ellington back in 2017, but he was released from released from injured reserve with a settlement last year. The Lions later signed him to their active roster.

In 2018, Ellington appeared in seven games for the Texans and Lions and recorded 31 receptions for 224 receiving yards and a touchdown.


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