Darius Slay has shown up to the Detroit Lions’ training camp but make no mistake about it. Slay wants to get paid and he believes he should be paid more handsomely.
After Lions first practice, Slay spoke to the media and of course, his contract situation was brought up. A Lions reporter stated that Slay was underpaid and Slay responded by saying “everybody in the world knows” he’s underpaid, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions cornerback is entering the second-to-last year on his current contract that he signed in 2016. Slay is set to make $12.55 million in 2019 and $10 million in 2020 but he wants to be paid even more.
In 2019, Slay has the largest cap-hit for any cornerback in the NFL. Although, a five-year, $76.5 million deal between Xavien Howard and the Miami Dolphins complicated things.
As a result, Slay skipped the Lions’ OTAs and minicamps in hopes to work out a new deal. Then, there was a chance that Slay would holdout of training camp to demand a new contract.
Now, Slay has shown up to training camp but the veteran cornerback still wants a new contract soon. Slay was also asked if his contract situation will have any impact on his play on the field.
“It won’t impact nothing,” Slay said. “I’m going out there to dominate, so I come out, I play for the name on the back of my jersey and this organization and my teammates. So ain’t going to never stop me from what I’m going to do on the field.”
It is unknown if the Lions and Slay have had talks recently or if Detroit promised him a new deal so he would show up to training camp. Nonetheless, Slay wants it to be known that everybody in the world knows he is underpaid, so pay him.