According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Slay will be reporting to training camp on Thursday, when veterans arrive for the next month of practices.
Lions’ CB Darius Slay, who skipped mandatory minicamp with the hope of landing a reworked contract, will report to the team for the start of training camp, per source. Lions’ DT Damon Harrison, another minicamp no-show, also will be reporting. So no apparent holdouts in Detroit.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2019
Slay, like Harrison, has two remaining years on his deal, but no guaranteed money left on those contracts. With the upcoming expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, no NFL player’s future is certain, and it’s likely Slay was looking for some kind of financial security as he inches closer to that dreaded 30-year-old wall.
It’s unclear if a deal is imminent for either Slay or Harrison, but the Lions reportedly met with Drew Rosenhaus—the agent for both players—last week. It appears those talks were, at the very least, reassuring for both players.
Unless another issue comes up, the Lions are now expected to have full attendance when training camp practices open up on Thursday. All of the offseason hand wringing—per usual—was for nothing.