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Friday open thread: Are you bothered by Damon Harrison, Darius Slay skipping Week 1 of OTAs?

Harmless negotiating tactic or greedy selfishness?

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The first week of Organized Team Activities is in the books for the 2019 Detroit Lions. The team had their third and final practice of the week on Thursday, and they remained without arguably the two best players on their defense. Both Damon Harrison Sr. and Darius Slay have not been present at offseason workouts this year, and both appear to be seeking new deals.

This is pretty normal negotiating tactics, but for some, this is a put-off. Because both players still have two years remaining on their contracts, many believe they need to “wait their turn” until they’re entering a contract year.

Others don’t appear to be that bothered. Matt Patricia didn’t seem to make a big deal about it, and both players appear to be working out on their own. Not to mention both have earned a little respect and don’t necessarily need the extra few practices with the team.

But it’s sometimes hard to quantify how exactly a fanbase is feeling when your only measurement is Twitter replies and angry sports radio callers. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Are you mad that Darius Slay and Damon Harrison Sr. skipped Week 1 of OTAs?

My answer: Absolutely not. On Thursday, I explained why it made every bit of sense for Slay to try and get his money right now. Many of those same arguments hold for Harrison, but he probably has an even better case for being underpaid right now, so I totally get it from Snacks’ standpoint, too.

Given the short nature of this game, and the ability of it all to be taken from you with one, brutal injury, I’m almost never not in the players’ corner. Get paid as much as you can while you still have worth in this league, and if it means missing a few practices three months before any games, that’s totally fine with me.

Your turn.


Are you bothered by Harrison/Slay skipping OTAs?

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