All has been quiet on the Damon Harrison Sr., Darius Slay front. The two sat out OTAs and minicamp last month in the hopes to start negotiations on a new contract. Though the two have a couple years remaining on their respective deals, their guaranteed money is out and they’re likely seeking some long-term security beyond a potential lockout in 2021.
But according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, there could be some movement on negotiations coming soon. According to Birkett, Drew Rosenhaus—the agent for both Harrison and Slay—is set to meet with the Lions sometime this week.
It comes as little surprise that general manager Bob Quinn has waited this long to start talking about a potential new contract. Since becoming the Lions general manager back in 2016, he has waited until the summer to get all contract extensions done.
But the one thing he hasn’t done yet is extend a player with multiple years left on their deal. Whether Quinn is willing to make an exception for Slay and Harrison remains unknown, but this meeting certainly seems like a step in the right direction.
Slay and Harrison have not given any indication whether they are willing to continue their holdout into training camp. Both players risk being fined $40,000 a day if they are no-shows. Both are due to report next Wednesday with the first practice scheduled for the following day.