Cole mentions that it’s actually in the Lions’ best interest to get a contract done with Slay this year and prevent a situation in which they could be forced to use their franchise tag on him in 2017.
Last we heard, Ian Rapoport reported that the two sides were hoping to sign a long-term extension that would keep him in Detroit this offseason, so this appears to be something to keep an eye on the in the coming weeks.
Slay has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent in preparation for negotiations with the Lions.
Slay, 25, was taken in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. He will be entering the final year of his four-year, $5.289 million rookie contract that included a $2.226 million signing bonus.
He made a base salary of $735,846 this season and is in line to make another $976,269 in 2016.
In 2015, Slay appeared in all 16 games for the Lions and recorded 59 tackles, two interceptions, and 13 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 cornerback out of 118 qualifying players.