Detroit Lions Are Trading Darius Slay
The Detroit Lions are trading Darius Slay.
Slay, 29, has been the subject of multiple trade conversations in recent weeks.
Because Detroit is looking to shed salary and acquire assets in the lead-up to the 2020 NFL Draft, Slay has emerged as a natural candidate to be sent off.
As a Pro Bowler he has a lot of value, and Slay is still young enough to where he can continue to perform at a high level for whoever acquires him over the course of the next few years.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Lions have spoken with “multiple” organizations regarding a potential deal for Slay.
Any team that trades for Slay would have to sign him to a new contract.
“Lions have spoken with multiple teams about a potential trade for Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay,” Schefter tweeted.
“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.”
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
Currently, Slay is in the last season of a five-year, $48 million deal he signed with the Lions in 2016.
Fresh off three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, the All-Pro also led the NFL in picks in 2017.
Over the course of seven year in Detroit, Slay amassed 19 interceptions, 104 passes defended, two fumble recoveries a sack and more than 300 tackles throughout 103 outings.
Unfortunately, Slay also just happens to be the lone bright spot on a defensive unit that badly needs to be upgraded.
So while the Lions would no doubt love to retain him and build around him, there are simply too many holes on the roster for that happen.
Detroit is better off shipping Slay off for parts, then retooling with the assets that are sent back. And based on everything the franchise has said up to this point, that appears to be precisely what the plan is.