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Darius Slay | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (36) / DET
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Lions signed CB Darius Slay to a four-year, $50.2 million extension through 2020.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal contains $23 million fully guaranteed at signing. A sort of late bloomer who emerged as a legitimate shutdown corner last season, Slay should get more opportunities to shadow enemy No. 1 receivers this year. He finished 2015 as Pro Football Focus' No. 2-rated cornerback behind only Tyrann Mathieu, shining both in coverage and run support. Jul 29 - 11:59 AM

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Lions contract-year CB Darius Slay wants to be paid like a top-seven cornerback.

It's an odd demand, but hardly out of line considering Slay's 2015 play, where he was one of the best cornerbacks in the league. "I’m a top guy, that’s it," Slay said. "I ain’t no real cocky guy like that, but I’m just confident in my game and what I put on film." The sides have had preliminary talks, but little more. Slay would be a prime candidate for the franchise tag next spring if a deal can't be reached.
Jun 14 - 6:52 PM

MLive's Kyle Meinke reports Lions CB Darius Slay wants to sign a contract extension this offseason.

After some early struggles, the 2013 second-rounder has emerged as a legitimate shutdown corner. Slay told the Lions in February he was interested in an extension, but it is not clear if the sides have begun negotiations. Only 25 and still getting better, Detroit should lock Slay up as soon as possible. He will earn just north of $1.1 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: MLive.com
May 14 - 10:33 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein reports extension talks between Detroit and CB Darius Slay are expected to happen at the Combine.

Slay told the Lions earlier this month he wants to sign an extension, and Detroit would be smart to lock the ascending corner up to a long-term deal as soon as possible. Something should happen this offseason. Slay is scheduled to make $1.126 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:38 AM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn said he'll look at contract extensions on a "case-by-case" basis.

"We’ve got some good young players on this team, so when the time’s right and we feel it’s the best decision for the Lions, we’ll come to that decision," said Quinn. "I'm not going to make any comments about if we’re going to extend guys two or three or one year out because everybody’s different." Ziggy Ansah, Sam Martin, Theo Riddick and Darius Slay are all entering the last year of their rookie contracts. Slay recently hired power agent Drew Rosenhaus, which suggests he's ready to negotiate an extension. Among cornerbacks, only Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu earned a higher grade from Pro Football Focus in 2015.
Jan 31 - 10:06 AM

Lions LCB Darius Slay's offseason "goal" is to land a contract extension.

Slay recently hired Rosenhaus Sports to represent him in negotiations. Still only 25 years old, Slay earned PFF's No. 2 overall cornerback grade behind Tyrann Mathieu and was charged with just three touchdown passes allowed as a 16-game starter. The Lions are well aware of Slay's value, using him to shadow No. 1 receivers on the perimeter more and more as the season progressed. Badly underpaid, Slay is owed just over $1 million in 2016 via his rookie deal.
Jan 18 - 4:07 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay has allowed just 15 receiving yards on throws into his coverage over his last three games.

Slay has spent time shadowing Jeremy Maclin (3-35-1), James Jones (0-0), and Amari Cooper (1-4) during that span. Slay only gave up one of Maclin's catches, and didn't allow any receptions to Cooper on three targets in Week 11.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 03:52:00 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay is being evaluated for a concussion.

Reporters were not able to interview Slay following the Week 8 loss to the Chiefs, indicating he is in the concussion protocol. With the Lions on bye next week, Slay has plenty of time to recover before facing the Packers Week 10.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:38:00 PM

Lions LCB Darius Slay (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 2.

Slay left last week's loss to San Diego and didn't return. He got in a "limited" week of practice and is on track to start against the Vikings.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay exited the team's Week 1 game against the Chargers with an ankle injury.

Slay exited during garbage time late in the fourth quarter. With Rashean Mathis getting burned all day, the Lions need Slay healthy moving forward. The Lions' defense looks like it has taken a big step back from last season.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 07:02:00 PM

Lions president Tom Lewand mentioned LCB Darius Slay and RE Ziggy Ansah as candidates for extensions.

Slay is coming off a breakout season in his first year under DC Teryl Austin, grading out as PFF's No. 19 corner. He's signed through 2016, but the Lions could get ahead by signing him to a sub-prime extension. Ansah has 15.5 sacks through his first two seasons.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew praised CB Darius Slay's improvement in his sophomore season.

"This is a guy who came in highly drafted, struggled some as a rookie, showed some flashes of what he could do, but didn’t do it all consistently," Mayhew said. "He took it upon himself to say, ‘hey, I’m going to be a better player than that’ and he found a way to get that done." After getting torched in limited playing time as a rookie, Slay played 1,039 snaps and graded out as a top-20 corner according to Pro Football Focus last season. With veteran Rashean Mathis likely returning for one more run, Detroit's secondary should continue to be a solid unit.
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 08:57:00 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team's "expecting a good performance" from second-year CB Darius Slay this season.

Mayhew has put all his eggs in Slay's basket after not drafting a cornerback high and releasing "top" CB Chris Houston last month. Slay is atop the depth chart after an up-and-down rookie season. He'll be bookended by soon-to-be 34-year-old Rashean Mathis. The Lions are really going to need a lot out of their pass rush to help mask potential secondary problems.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:27:00 PM

The Lions plan to use Darius Slay in more man-coverage this season.

Slay struggled with zone and off-man coverages as a rookie, and should benefit from playing closer to the line of scrimmage. The Lions are expected to run a more aggressive, press-man scheme under DC Teryl Austin. Slay had just five pass breakups and 34 tackles in 13 games last year. Slay and Rashean Mathis are Detroit's starters on the outside, with Bill Bentley the favorite for nickel duties.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Darius Slay lined up as the No. 1 corner on the Lions' first-team defense during minicamp.

Friday's release of Chris Houston has cleared things up in Detroit's secondary. Slay will be counted on to take a huge step forward as a the top corner, while Rashean Mathis steps in opposite him and Bill Bentley slides in as the No. 3. In other words, the Lions will be relying on their fearsome defensive line to hide their defensive backs once again. Slay couldn't even hold his starting job as a rookie, repeatedly getting demoted into sub-packages.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 08:56:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Dwayne Washington
4Zach Zenner
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
WR21Marvin Jones
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Cole Wick
3Orson Charles
4Khari Lee
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
K1Matt Prater