The Detroit Lions and cornerback Darius Slay have agreed to a major contract extension.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Slay’s new deal with the Lions is worth $50.2 million over four years, with $23 million fully guaranteed at signing.
Slay, 25, was scheduled to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2016. His new extension will keep him in Detroit through the 2020 season.
The new money in Slay’s deal is worth $12.55 million per year, which is in line with what Slay expressed he wanted this offseason.
Back in June, Slay told the Detroit Free-Press that he wanted to be paid among the “top seven” cornerbacks in the NFL.
“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. I’ve been very, very productive for the past two years. Every year I has got better, so I feel like this year is going to be the best year and I’m going to make that.”
The 2015 season was Slay’s best, as he defended a career-high 10 passes and allowed only 438 receiving yards over the final 13 games, according to Pro Football Focus. He finished as the second-highest graded cornerback at PFF, while also ranking 44th on PFF’s Top 101 players list for the 2015 season.
“Another player stepping up his play in 2015 was Darius Slay, who earned positive grades in coverage against the run, and was only penalized three times, a very low figure for a cornerback in today’s NFL,” PFF wrote. “Slay only had two interceptions, but notched a further 10 passes defensed and made a lot of quality plays for the Detroit secondary.”
Slay has four career interceptions over three NFL seasons. The Lions selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft.