Detroit Lions Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay has become more vocal about wanting a raise on the heels of just getting one. What should Bob Quinn do?
The Detroit Lions are done until the training camp starts on July 25th. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t loose ends that need to be addressed.
While general manager Bob Quinn will continue to keep an eye open for players that could upgrade the roster, he has two important members of this team that are currently under contract but interested in re-negotiating their present deals.
It all started when defensive tackle Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison changed representatives this offseason and inked super agent Drew Rosenhaus to handle his desired contract re-negotiations.
Needless to say, Rosenhaus was more than willing to bring ‘Snacks’, one of the premier defensive linemen in the NFL, aboard the dread ship ‘Re-negotiate’ as they set sail to Allen Park. Rosenhaus then notified Bob Quinn of his newly signed client’s desire to have the Lions show him the money.
Quinn’s reaction? Wait until after the draft. Which of course was a reasonable response that not only allowed the Lions to finish mapping out their strategy for an important draft, considering they’re plans to have a bounce-back season in 2019 but also to buy a little bit of time to start considering how he wished to handle the situation.
It’s not the first time in the NFL, much less professional sports, that a player started negotiations on a new contract before his current deal was done, but the problem is that he still has two years left on his current contract. It’s always nice to have forethought, but with multiple years left on a contract, the very real argument can be made that there is no reason to make multiple season offers to players who aren’t going to honor them.
To re-negotiate it now would set a bad precedent in Detroit leaving Bob Quinn’s phone lines tied up with 3/4 of the team wanting new deals. If not more. So what is the answer?