Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay has attracted interested in the trade market, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter added that the ask will be very high for Slay as the Lions are not motivated to move him before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
The two-time Pro Bowler has only appeared in five games this season because of injury issues, but there will be plenty of interest. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are two teams in need of an upgrade at cornerback and must be looking to contact the Lions before the deadline.
Slay recently said he “personally wouldn’t care” if the Lions traded him, following Detroit’s decision to send safety Quandre Diggs to the Seattle Seahawks. The chance that Slay follows Diggs out the door is seemingly increasing by the day, though his fitness will be a concern for potential suitors.
The Eagles, who have had well-publicised issues in the secondary, are the most obvious target for Slay after missing out on Jalen Ramsey. The Chiefs, an unstoppable offensive force, could look to bolster their defence ahead of Patrick Mahomes‘ return. With Slay under contract for two more seasons after this, however, it will ultimately come down to just how high the asking price is.
The haul is likely to include multiple picks, and it’d be a surprise if Detroit settled for anything less than a first rounder. It wouldn’t necessarily be a popular move among the Lions fan base, but it would be hard to turn down a first round selection for a player who is clearly not happy with the direction the franchise is heading. The Lions are 2-3-1 on the season.
Plenty of teams will be picking up the phone to Bob Quinn. The Eagles and Chiefs should be at the front of the queue. Philadelphia missed an opportunity with Ramsey, while for Kansas City, they have to make the most of their fearsome offensive core and provide them with a solid defence.