Safety Glover Quin is one of several Lions players with contract incentives tied to the offseason workout program, but the Fords won’t have to hand the veteran an extra $250,000 this year.
Quin opted not to take part in the voluntary portions of Detroit’s program, which led to questions about whether he considered retiring when he did report for Tuesday’s start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. Quin said players at his age, he turned 32 in January, have to gauge how much I have left, but that uncertainty about playing wasn’t the reason for his absence.
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Unfortunately for Howard, he might have to wait for a big payday. The 2016 fifth-round pick has crushed expectations, but his rookie contract is only half complete, and the Bears probably aren’t feeling a lot of pressure to spend big at a position with a short shelf life.
The amount of money that will eventually come Williams’ way will likely be heavily influenced by what happens during the 2018 season. Williams has talked about a desire to kick his game up a level this year and the upside that would come with putting together a disruptive season provides plenty of reason to keep the contract on the back burner for the time being.
They’re both very passionate coaches, Fitzpatrick told reporters on Tuesday. They’re both really hands-on. The only difference is Coach Saban yells a little bit more. But that’s about it. Coach Gase is a great coach. He’s a real energetic coach. All of the players love playing for him. I love playing for him and I’m happy that he’s my head coach.
Fitzpatrick laughed when he said Saban yells a little bit more, and Saban gave Fitzpatrick high praise before the draft, suggesting that Fitzpatrick should be a top-five pick.
And Fitzpatrick definitely feels prepared to play in the NFL after playing college football for Saban.