Lions to talk to agent for Damon Harrison and Darius Slay this week
The Detroit Lions are hoping to bounce back in Matt Patricia’s second season as head coach. Before training camp begins though, the Lions will want to speak to Damon Harrison and Darius Slay about possible new contracts.
Both players sat out voluntary workouts and the mandatory minicamp this spring.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit will speak to the agent of Harrison and Slay this week. Both Harrison and Slay are represented by Drew Rosenhaus who just helped Deion Jones net a new $57 million contract over four years.
Last season, the Lions traded for Harrison before the trade deadline in hopes he’d help improve their run defense. Harrison did just that by helping Detroit rank inside the top 10 in run defense in 2018.
Plus, the New York Giants run defense became putrid after Harrison’s departure. That will likely help Harrison make his case as to how important he is to the team.
As for Slay, he is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and has been crucial to the Lions defense for the past few seasons. In just the past two seasons, Slay has brought in 11 interceptions, 43 deflections, and has started in 31 of 32 possible games.
Despite wanting new deals, Harrison and Slay both have two years remaining on their current contracts. Two years is usually too long for teams to begin negotiations but both players could end up making their case this week.
We’ll likely get a better understanding of where contract talks are after Rosenhaus meets with the Lions this week. Until then, Detroit will be focused on training camps that begin on July 25th.