Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay wanted a contract extension heading into the 2019 season but he did not get it. Instead, Slay has played hard and on Tuesday, it was announced that he had made his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
But in 2020, Slay will be going into the final year of his contract and there has been plenty of speculation that he could be traded or that he could end up holding out if he does not get the extension he wants.
On Wednesday, Slay spoke to the media and he was asked about wanting an extension and if not getting it would cause him to hold out in 2020.
From 97.1 The Ticket:
Asked if he'll need a new deal to play next year, Slay deflected the question, before adding, “Who wouldn’t want a new deal? Who don’t want one? Sh*t, that’s money. Who don’t want money?”
Without one, would he skip offseason workouts again?
“I don’t know,” Slay reiterated. “We’ll see.”
In terms of average annual salary, Slay's current deal ranks 13th among NFL cornerbacks. He certainly has a case to make more. If the Lions don't want to give it to him, there are other teams who would. In a passing league, he has the rare ability to travel with top receivers. Slay's eyes lit up when asked what a three-time Pro Bowler might make on the open market.
“Whoo, whoo, whoo!!” he exclaimed.
— Quotes courtesy of Will Burchfield, 97.1 The Ticket — Link