Lions Discussing Darius Slay Trade

The Lions have spoken with multiple teams about trades involving cornerback Darius Slay, sources tell ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). Other clubs believe that the Lions will ultimately wind up moving the Pro Bowler, Schefter hears, but the Lions are insistent on getting fair value in return. 

The Lions might not have much in the way of leverage. Slay is entering the final year of his contract and it appears that extension talks have stalled. Any team that acquires the Pro Bowler would have to cough up a significant amount of draft capital and give Slay a new deal that would reflect his place as one of the league’s top cornerbacks.

As it stands, Slay has one more year to go on his deal at $10MM. That’s well-below the going rate for a CB of his caliber – Slay is in position to ask for somewhere around $15MM over the course of a long-term pact.

Slay has expressed a desire to stay put, though he also wants to be appropriately compensated. Over the last year, the Lions have mulled the possibility of moving on from him, including a pre-deadline conversation with the Broncos about a blockbuster that would have sent Chris Harris Jr. to Detroit.

Before the deadline, the Eagles also made a serious push for Slay. Those talks did not result in a deal either, as the Lions held out for a whopper of a haul. It’s not clear exactly what the Lions were asking for, but it was enough to make the ever-aggressive Howie Roseman walk away, even after he lost out on Jalen Ramsey.

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  1. Stat_head

    Considering Lions GM Quinn was given a win or else ultimatum by the owner I doubt he’s going to trade Slay unless it makes the team better next season. Harris or another solid CB plus a day 2 or better pick is the minimum. Even if the select Okuduh @ #3, trading Slay without a decent replacement makes them worse because there’s not a reliable #2 behind Slay. I’m sure will test the market but unless someone wows him, Slay’s staying put.

    • kylewait89

      Well Harris is a FA so he can’t be traded. But I agree it makes no sense to draft Okudah and jettison Slay.

  2. Eagles need to let Malcolm Jenkins walk and use that money to finally sign a competent CB in Slay

  3. zach 1224143625

    If you trade slay no matter what you get back even if it make the team better you strongly risk loosing the locker room. The players understand a business but will not be happy for a pick. My honest opinion sign him to a deal and pinch other cap where needed such as rick Wagner Damon Harrison. If you give him a raise it is only 5or6 million more on you cap hit just try to structure it as a bonus based deal.

    • shawn hemp

      It’s cause they gonna draft a corner #3. U can’t have that much $$ tied up in corners

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