Lions' Darius Slay on possible camp holdout: 'We'll see'


Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay skipped mandatory minicamp last week, subjecting himself to potential fines. The cornerback could rack up the fine bill even further by avoiding training camp.

The veteran corner joined The Pride Podcast recently and wouldn't hint to his plans for when camp opens in late July.

"Will I be there?" Slay said, via the Detroit Free Press. "We'll see. Time will tell."

By skipping minicamp he's subject to fines of $88,650 for the three days. Eschewing training camp could incur a bigger pocket-ding, as those penalties call for fines of $40,000 per day missed. Fines are at the team's discretion.

Slay has two years left on his contract with base salaries of $12.55 million in 2019, and $10 million in 2020. The two-time Pro Bowler has seen a bevy of corners leap him in the pay department since signing his four-year, $48 million contract extension in 2016. Slay sits 13th in annual average salary among corners.

The 28-year-old declined to update his contract discussions.

"I ain't getting into that," he said. "I'm going to let my agent and the organization kind of handle all that. I'm just going to be chill about it and see how it all plays out."

With two years left on his contract, the Lions might be hesitant to acquiesce to any demands, thereby setting a precedent (fellow teammate Damon "Snacks" Harrison also held out of minicamp).

At this point, the Lions have not hinted at whether they're amicable to reworking those deals -- potentially following the Julio Jones-model of sweetening the pot this year with notions of an extension next offseason. Detroit coach Matt Patricia insists he's only focused on the players showing up to workouts.

"I think I've addressed that issue," Patricia said. "I think I'm really going to focus on the guys that are here, as far as that's concerned, and talk about them. Whatever communication we have with players in those situations are kept private between us and the player. So when we get back for training camp, we always expect everybody to be where they're supposed to be when they're there. We deal with it, and we go from there. But don't really look into that too much."

The Lions, along with the rest of the NFL players, are off for the next six weeks or so, until training camps open in late July. We'll see then if Slay will continue to hold out.