Embed from Getty Images Darius Slay has been the Detroit Lions best defensive back for some time now. Slay a two-time Pro Bowl player, is the only defensive back the Lions can trust to cover an opposing team’s No. 1 receiver. That said, Slay’s time with the Lions is clearly coming to an end.
The Detroit have officially placed Darius Slay on the trading block. Even though they have set a rather high price for him. Slay’s exit from the Detroit Lions has been brewing for a while now, as he held out of offseason and training camp Lions activities trying to get a new contract. The Lions instead gave Damon Harrison’s a new contract.
Darius Slay makes no bones about the fact he loves being in Detroit. He’s the most engaging player the city has regardless of what sport he plays, and Slay is that way despite being at a local star.
But the NFL is a business. Darius Slay knows this all too well. Just last week he was very vocal when the Detroit Lions traded his teammate and friend Quandre Diggs to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Lions began to field calls on the defense’s best player after after Slay expressed his displeasure with the Diggs trade. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have had the opportunity to shut down trade rumors if they were not true, the two decided instead to let them linger while understandably driving a hard bargain in order to ship him out of town.
Meanwhile, the Lions seem to be taking the “he can be had for the right price” approach, both now as well as in the spring, when Slay will surely be one of the best cornerbacks on the trade market.
Dealing with a hamstring injury at the moment, Slay is still a very good cornerback when healthy, and for now Darius still a very important member of the Lions. Yet, the front office understands Slay has tremendous value. Value they will in all likelihood soon cash in.