ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions decided to keep safety Glover Quin around for another two seasons earlier this week, giving him a two-year, $13 million extension that ties him to the club until after the 2019 season.
But what does that contract actually look like?
The 2017 numbers have changed from what was initially a base salary of $4 million with a cap hit of $7,827,500, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His base salary this season is now $900,000 -- fully guaranteed -- and he has a cap hit of $6,394,166.
In 2018, Quin will make $3.85 million in base salary, with $3.6 million of it guaranteed for injury only. It becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2018 league year in March. Quin also will receive a $500,000 roster bonus on the second day of the league year, meaning he’ll be guaranteed $4.1 million for the 2018 season if he’s on the roster even a week past the rolling over of the NFL calendar. He has another $250,000 in roster bonuses available in-season, broken down to $15,625 every game he’s on the 46-man roster. He also has a workout bonus of $250,000 for the year.
He stands to make up to $4.85 million in 2018 with a cap hit of $6,516,666. His dead money in 2018 would be $3,333,334.
In 2019, the final year of his deal, Quin has no money guaranteed. He will have a base salary of $5.25 million and has a $500,000 roster bonus due the fifth day of the new league year. He also will have a $15,625 roster bonus every game he’s on the 46-man roster up to $250,000. Quin has a $250,000 workout bonus for this year as well.
He could make up to $6.25 million in 2019 with a cap hit of $7,916,668. His dead money number is $1,666,668.
The 31-year-old Quin is one of the leaders of the Lions defense and has been one of the franchise’s most durable players. He has not missed a game since signing with the Lions in 2013 and has played in every game he’s been eligible for since the start of the 2010 season.
Last year he had 68 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defended.
Analysis: This was a smart deal for the Lions. It gives them one of their most important defensive players for the next few seasons and gives him the chance to make a lot of money while he's at it. The structure of the deal, though, gives the Lions opportunities to get out if his play declines over the next few seasons. Having no guaranteed money in the last year of the deal -- and with a dead money hit of less than $1.75 million -- will be something to watch if Quin can't keep his current level of play up. Of course, there's no reason to think that will occur other than the factors of age and time.