Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay may have played his final snap in Honolulu blue. The Lions are reportedly speaking to multiple teams regarding a trade for the former All-pro cornerback, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lions have spoken with multiple teams about a potential trade for Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay, per sources. Any team that trades for Slay would have to compensate Detroit and Slay with a new deal. Other teams believe Slay will be traded this off-season, but Lions adamant on value.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 17, 2020
Slay held out for much of the 2019 offseason, wanting the team to give him a new long-term deal. He returned from the hold out before Week 1 though, and it did not cross into the regular season despite the team not inking him to a new deal.
The corner is entering the final year of a four year, $48 million contract he signed in 2016. He is set to account for $13 million against the cap this season, and the Lions can save $10 million by either trading or releasing him.
Slay has long been one of the Lions best defensive players since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. He has notched 19 career interceptions and 104 passes defended in 103 games played. In 2017, he was named a first team All Pro after leading the NFL with eight interceptions. Slay has also been named to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
Per Schefter, other teams around the league believe a trade will happen, though Detroit does value their star corner very highly and the asking price is seemingly not something Detroit will move off of when deciding whether or not to trade Slay.