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Report: Detroit Lions, Darius Slay reach four-year extension

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The Detroit Lions have locked down their best cornerback.

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After months of silence, the Detroit Lions have finally locked up their shutdown cornerback just hours before the start of training camp. According to Adam Schefter, the Lions have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Darius Slay:

Slay has been the leader of the Lions’ secondary since breaking out over the past two years. This was scheduled to be Slay’s last year on his rookie contract, so the Lions were wise to lock him up before he had a chance to hit free agency (see: Ndamukong Suh).

Earlier this offseason, Slay professed his desire to be paid like a top-seven cornerback in the league. As Kevin Patra of NFL.com points out, that’s exactly what he got:

Slay will now remain the Lions’ top cornerback until at least 2020.

The Lions are also facing potential extensions for other key players like Ezekiel Ansah and Matthew Stafford in the near future. But for now, there’s one less player to worry about.