Latest On Lions’ Slay, Harrison

The Lions are set to meet with agent Drew Rosenhaus to discuss the contracts of cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Snacks Harrison, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Both players skipped voluntary and mandatory work this offseason in an effort to secure new deals. 

It’s a tricky situation for the Lions – both players are under contract through 2020, so the team is likely fearful of setting a precedent of addressing contracts with two years remaining. Still, they have $23MM in cap space to work with and these are arguably the two most important players on the defensive side of the ball.

Slay is scheduled to make base salaries of $12MM this year and $10MM in 2020, with per-game roster bonuses totaling $250K each season. Harrison, meanwhile, is on the books for $6.75MM this year and $9MM next year. Both players forfeited workout bonuses of $250K by staying away from the team this offseason and incurred fines of ~$89K by skipping minicamp.

Harrison played in 17 games last season since he was traded before the Giants had their bye week but after the Lions already had their off week. A 2016 first-team All-Pro, Harrison had 81 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2018.

Slay has spent his entire career with the Lions, and he’s earned Pro Bowl nods in each of the past two seasons. While his 2017 campaign was hard to match statistically, Slay had a solid 2018 with 43 tackles, 17 passes defended, and three interceptions in 15 games (15 starts). Pro Football Focus ranked Slay 23rd among 112 eligible cornerbacks.

Some veterans are scheduled to report to camp on Thursday with the full Lions team due for camp on Wednesday July 24.

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7 comments on “Latest On Lions’ Slay, Harrison

  1. crosseyedlemon

    The Packers and Vikings aren’t nearly as strong as they have been in the past, so the Lions management need to take advantage of that and invest in winning NOW. Of course it’s more likely that they continue to provide lame excuses to their fans why they must remain the league’s shining example of mediocrity.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Lions have already allocated more cap money on their secondary than any other position (19.78% of total) so barring some injuries there, I don’t think they will pursue Clayborne.

  2. luvbeisbol

    Lions vets steamed that Quinn and Patricia only pay overvalued ex Patriots….this will steadily erode the team until ownership stops them from mindlessly hiring anyone who ever played or coached there.

    • diller1340

      Who exactly have they “overpaid” as an ex patriot? I think atleast this offseason they got flowers for the correct market value and they got Amendola at a very cheap price. So who exactly have they overpaid from the pats??

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