Quinton Spain signs a Nike contract


Quinton Spain is a larger-than-life football player who is developing into a top offensive lineman in the NFL.

The former WVU football player has been with the Tennessee Titans for over a year now. He has worked his way up the depth chart and is currently in the team’s starting rotation.

Related Story: Quinton Spain impresses Titans

Spain stands at 6-foot-4 and checks in at 330 pounds. He has always been beefy and strong with good hands. Since turning pro, he has worked on his foot placement and agility, which has helped him become a staying force with the Titans at age 24.

This offseason, right before training camp is set to start, Spain is taking a bigger jump in his career. As he starts to earn veteran status with Tennessee, Spain is becoming more marketable and will soon reap the benefits of his extended playing time.

Spain has now gone from undrafted free agent to signing an endorsement deal. On top of his sizable professional contract which reaches $525,000 this year and balloons to $615,000 for the 2017 season. After this tenure with the Titans come to a close, he could reach a value into the millions, with Tennessee, or with another team.

In the meantime, Spain can cash some good-sized check from this endorsement deal, which should also include some top-of-the-line merchandise. In this day and age, what a player wears is almost as important as their play on the field.

Related Story: Geno Smith should bounce back in 2016

Players are always in the public eye and with the advent on social media, fans can take a 24-7 view into the life of most players. Spain is easy to spot, thanks to his large frame, but because of his understated demeanor and quiet personality, he can often be overlooked.

Sometimes, that’s a good thing. Spain flew under the radar two years ago after leaving West Virginia as a two-time All-Big 12 selection. He was patient and waited his turn, and now all the perseverance is paying off.

According to Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, Spain is the frontrunner to retain the starting spot at left guard.

"“He was probably one of our most physical linemen that we had up front, which is what we want,” Mularkey said of Spain. “To be thrown in there as an undrafted o-lineman and to play against some of the guys that he was playing against, I thought he held his own.“Now, he’s got a fresh start right from the beginning. He’s getting a fresh start, he’s getting them with the starters. I think his progress has been very good.”"

Spain made his debut with the Titans on Oct. 11, 2015 against the Buffalo Bills and was inserted into the starting lineup against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 29. He stayed in that position for the remainder of the season and wound up starting a total of six games for the Titans in 2015.