Darius Slay, Damon Harrison skipping Lions OTAs

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The Lions have a pair of defensive stars missing OTAs.

In what can only be a coincidence, both players could make a strong case for being underpaid.

Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison were missing from the voluntary OTAs.

Slay signed a four-year, $48 million extension in July 2016, and is scheduled to make $12 million this year, with another $250,000 in per-game bonuses. That’s good money, but not on par with the latest contracts.

Harrison has two years left on the deal the Lions inherited from the Giants. He’s scheduled to make $6.75 million this year.

“Right now we are — it’s voluntary as that part of the season is concerned,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said. “Those two guys are not here. You will not see them at the practice today, but we fully expect that this time of the year, guys that are here, guys that are not. That’s totally fine. We’re working with the guys that are out there.”

That’s kind of what Patricia has to say, but it seems apparent that two of his most important players are something less than gruntled at the moment.

7 responses to “Darius Slay, Damon Harrison skipping Lions OTAs

  1. Harrison’s attitude not talent was why the Giants got rid of him. He should be grateful as an UDFA how far he’s come and accomplished (and the money he’s made), yet he is always grumpy.

  2. Harrison played phenomenally for the Lions last season. Slay struggled compared to his norm. Hopefully, it was just learning the new scheme and nagging injuries that slowed him down. Harrison did state that practices without pads do not benefit him.

  3. Long time Lions fan here. The “Snacks” Harrison issue is something the Lions front office should have known from the get-go. He has switched agents and has been asking for a pay raise almost since day one. As a fan, Snacks has been terrific – single-handedly transformed a poor run defense into something quite good. Our run stopping ability hasn’t been this good since the glory days of Suh and Fairley manning the middle. I say pay the man, his impact on the defense is that big.

    Slay’s sitting out of OTAs is a bit more worrisome. Rumor has is that Slay was one of the handful of players that did not like Patricia’s more abrasive coaching style (Caldwell was VERY player friendly). Fellow teammate in the secondary Glover Quinn certainly didn’t like it and he retired after the season. Slay had one of his worst seasons last year, despite being in his athletic prime. Whether it was due to scheme, or effort, or a combination of both is a fair concern. The Lions are already struggling to find a #2 CB, so the loss of Slay would be huge.

    One of the big story lines for this season will be how well Patricia is able to get buy-in from his players, because he was missing a lot of it last year. If the Lions start losing early this season, or have ugly games like last years Week One vs. the Jets…watch out and expect some near Steelers-esque drama.

  4. Hmmmm, they have the same agent….coincidence? And to the first poster, both of them being named All-Pro and appearing in many pro bowls between them does qualify them as being “defensive stars”

  5. Slay is overrated, he had one decent season and hasn’t done anything since. Snacks is past his prime and is just another washed up acquisition by the worst team in the NFC.

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