Detroit Lions: Give kudos to Bob Quinn, Damon Harrison and Darius Slay
By Robert Jones
The fans reaction was pretty clear cut. While some wanted the Lions to ink any kind of deals possible to make sure their best two returning defenders were in camp, the majority was unsympathetic and wanted their Lions to not give in to the mercenary demands of Harrison and Slay.
Now to be fair, Damon Harrison is definitely underpaid. He has been a one-man wrecking crew in the middle of the New York Giants and now Detroit Lions defense for several years and does deserve to get paid.
Darius Slay may also be underpaid, but he is clearly much closer to getting fair compensation than Harrison. Not to mention that cornerback is considered a more premium defensive position than defensive tackle.
However, they both still have two years left on their current contracts. This is where the real issue is. Renegotiating an expiring contract isn’t anything new in professional sports. But two years remaining isn’t really expiring. It’s still a ripe, fruitful contract.
So the interest in how Bob Quinn would handle the situation was greatly anticipated. This was a time to show leadership and find a solution that made everyone agreeable. Notice I didn’t say ‘happy’.
‘Snacks’ and Slay won’t be fully happy until they have fat new contracts and Rosenhaus has his 10% after successfully pillaging the Lions. It’s really that simple.
But everyone could be in camp and working towards an eventual solution that is mutually agreeable to all parties involved. Which would also be mutually agreeable to the success of the Lions this season as well as the fans.
That was what Lions fans everywhere wanted. Sure many frustrated fans called for ‘Snacks’ and Slay to walk the plank and be shipped out because of their selfish holdout over the offseason which was feared to run into training camp and the season.
Instead, it has worked out as good as anyone in the Lions organization and fan base could have dreamed. Which brings us to the real point; who deserves credit for making this happen?