As Lions Talk Long-Term Deal With Slay, Trade Still An Option

Darius Slay
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By 97.1 The Ticket

While there's news on the Darius Slay front, it doesn't sound like there's been much progress.

The Lions and Slay are in talks about a long-term deal, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. But with no agreement imminent, a trade this offseason is still very much on the table. 

Fowler adds the two sides have been "at this for a while," so it would appear they remain far apart. 

The Lions and Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay continue to discuss a long-term contract, but the expectation exists that he could re-enter the trade market if no deal is reached in coming weeks, per source. Both sides have been at this for a while, still no deal for 2021 FA.

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 3, 2020

A Pro Bowler this season for the third straight year, Slay wants a new deal to stay in Detroit. He ranks 13th among cornerbacks in in terms of average annual salary, and his base salary falls from $12.5 million to $10 million in 2020.

It's fair to assume he's eyeing something closer to $15 million.

He's made it clear he'll go where the money is. And the Lions have made it clear they're not all that keen on meeting his demands. 

“If they give me a contract, I’ll be blessed and fortunate enough for it," Slay said last week. "Like I said, I always wanted to retire as a Detroit Lion, but if it don’t happen, it’s cool. I’ll be alright. If I don’t, someone will be getting a great player. 

Slay, 29, is set to be a free agent after the 2020 season.