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NFL trade deadline: Detroit Lions choose not to trade Darius Slay

The NFL trade deadline was all smoke, no fire for the Detroit Lions.

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There was plenty of smoke, but there ended up being no fire.

The Detroit Lions—like many teams on Tuesday—stood pat at the trade deadline. They weren’t buyers. They weren’t sellers. They were just bystanders as the 4 p.m. ET deadline passed without a deal.

That means cornerback Darius Slay, who reportedly drew a lot of phone calls Detroit’s way over the past 48 hours, will remain a Detroit Lion for the rest of the 2019 season. Throughout the past few days, it was obvious the Lions were asking a lot in return for Slay, but obviously no team was willing to meet those demands.

How much were the Lions looking for? There’s nothing solid out there, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen believed the Lions were looking for “not two number ones, but it would cost a one and something else.”

The Lions standing pat also means they aren’t making a deal for a running back, even though they’re in a bit of a pickle at the position after sending Kerryon Johnson to injured reserve last week. That doesn’t mean Detroit can’t add another back, but they just won’t be doing it via trade.

So ends a much less active trade deadline than the most recent years. You cool with that?


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