The Lions will likely be without two of their best defenders for mandatory minicamp.
Lions defensive back Darius Slay and defensive lineman Damon “Snacks” Harrison have been absent from one day of minicamp already, and Slay doesn’t sound like he has any intention of showing up at all.
“I ain’t going,” Slay said on Instagram live when asked if he was in Detroit for minicamp, via the Detroit Free Press.
He continued: “Hey, man, I’m chilling, man.”
Slay already forfeited a $250,000 bonus by not showing up to voluntary OTAs last week and would give up a maximum of $88,650 if he were to miss all of minicamp.
He has two years remaining on a four-year, $48.2 million deal with the Lions but is hoping to restructure his deal, according to multiple reports.
Harrison is reportedly also looking for a new deal and gave up a $250,000 bonus as well for not showing up to OTAs.
He has two years remaining on a five-year, $46.3 million contract he signed with the Giants before he was traded to Detroit last season.
Head coach Matt Patricia didn’t say much about the players when asked about them this week.
“Back in the day I’ve had other great players, really great ones, on my defenses before that just whatever the situation was to them, whether they have offseason routines that are agreed or talked about or kind of just gone through so everybody’s on the same page with all that stuff,” Patricia said. “For us, it’s just focusing on the guys that are on the field.”
Slay has made two Pro Bowls in his career, while Harrison has been named to one All-Pro team.