Darius Slay on not being traded: I don’t care. I’m a millionaire, dude

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Out of one side of his mouth, Darius Slay said he didn’t care whether the Lions traded him or not. Out of the other, the cornerback said he wants Detroit to be home for “as long as the Lions want me.”

The bottom line: Slay understands the NFL is a business.

He had no control over whether the Lions dealt him at the trade deadline, so Slay wasn’t sweating it.

I don’t care,” Slay said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m a millionaire, dude.”

Slay last week expressed his displeasure about the team’s decision to trade starting safety Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks. He said Wednesday no one in the organization spoke to him about his comments, and Slay added he didn’t care whether his words got him traded.

“I didn’t care if they did; that’s the thing,” Slay said. “The whole point of time, y’all don’t understand it that I didn’t care if I did. It is what it is. It’s a whole business. All I was doing here is playing ball, trying to win games.”

Slay stayed away from the team in the offseason in an attempt to get a contract extension. He said in July that everybody in the world knows he’s underpaid.

Slay is scheduled to make $12.55 million this season in the third year of a four-year extension and $10 million for 2020.

The two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro said there is nothing new with contract talks.

38 responses to “Darius Slay on not being traded: I don’t care. I’m a millionaire, dude

  1. I’m a Lions fan, and a Slay fan.

    But he is not underpaid. Others at his position have become more overpaid than he was when he signed his extension. This concept that “poor me, I’m only making $12.5M this season” is asinine.

  2. If they really haven’t had any contract talks, I’m shocked they didn’t trade him. He’s not coming in next year. If he stayed away last year with 12.5 coming, what do you think is going to happen next year when it’s 10, and he’s already unhappy with the entire situation?

    But at the same time, you have to think they never had any interest in moving him. Because if they even had a little, they would of had to check in with him, just to see what kind of money he wants, and if they can realistically keep him long term.

    I guess they figured they could wait on it? Seems a little foolish to me. Guys are moving for a fortune in picks this year (compared to past seasons), and I don’t see his value getting higher. His value isn’t as high in the off-season, as there are guys people can sign as FA’s that won’t cost them picks. Then next year, he’s a rental, so the price is depressed.

  3. >> don’t care,” Slay said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m a millionaire, dude.”

    Thats probably not the response I would have given, he didn’t do himself any favors with that.

  4. Rich, so-called “entitled” athletes got rich by being really really good at what they do. I got no problem with that. They earned it.

  5. What a baiting headline. He also said today that he’d love to finish his career in Detroit because he loves the community. He’s out in the city and volunteering his time as much as or more than any other player on the team.

    Darius Slay’s just an honest dude who just saw one of his best friends shipped out of town. Totally understand any cynicism.

  6. I am sure some in the media will praise him for the business aspect of what he sez and turn around and fry an owner for treating it like a business.

  7. $12.5m/yr is underpaid? Bro, you play a game for a living 16 and out every year. A game that has a minimum salary of $480,000 and an aggregate average yearly of $860k per player and you’re talking about being underpaid.

    Mahomes is underpaid.

    You make $2.5m less than Tom Brady.

    You make $3m more than Stephon Gilmore.

    I could go on all night. Slay is the opposite of underpaid and he’s not shutdown. He’s just a dude with 12 tackles and 1 Int through 6 games leaving hot takes on a weekly basis.

  8. Certain fans get angry when a player points to himself being rich and content. They somehow get offended when a players get honest for a moment and leaves the cliches

  9. I appreciate his honesty and he’s correct. Slay is solid. I’m not sure what he’s asking but if it isn’t astronomical then he should get paid. We can’t let our talent walk out the door or we will be in constant rebuilding mode.

  10. Underpaid? Is he not tied for 7th in the league for most yds allowed? Yeah, underpaid lol.

  11. What a moron. “I’m a millionaire, dude!”

    “I’m underpaid”….um, why to hurt your chances of an extension.

  12. I could go on all night. Slay is the opposite of underpaid and he’s not shutdown. He’s just a dude with 12 tackles and 1 Int through 6 games leaving hot takes on a weekly basis.
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    if QB’s were completing passes on him then he’d have more than 12 tackles. If you see a DB with a really high amount of tackles, that’s a guy that can’t cover.

  13. Best answer since “straight cash homie.”
    Why get bent out of shape over something that you usually can’t control & that you’re paid very, very, very well to do. Most of us would dare to dream that after 4 or more years of colege we made half that much money over a career.

  14. So then why are these guys always complaining about anything and everything? I think that’s what rubs people the wrong way. They make more money in a year than most of us will make in our lifetime and all they do is complain. Give it a rest.

  15. mjimmym says:
    October 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm
    This guy is running a close second to jalen Ramsey for most obnoxious guy in the NFL….
    ******************************

    Do some more homework on Slay, an what kind of guy he is. Your opinion will change.

  16. Awesome! Might be the only dude that tells the truth. They are all hired guns looking to be paid. Yes, almost all will try their best all the time. But it isn’t because they live their team. Better play equals better payday. It’s that simple.

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