Two big players on the Lions defense are nowhere to be found, as Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Darius Slay are skipping the mandatory sessions of the team’s minicamp.
The Lions begin the three-day camp Tuesday. Slay announced his intentions to skip minicamp Monday on his Instagram Live. Sources told NFL Network that Harrison and Slay are skipping minicamp because they want new contracts.
“It’s nothing uncharted territory from that aspect of it,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia said via the Detroit Free Press.
“We’re just focused on the guys that are here. We’re really just trying to get better.”
Patricia said he doesn’t want to talk about the contract status of the two players who are both seeking more money.
“I don’t really talk about any of that stuff as far as contract situations or relationships or any of that sort of stuff,” he said. “So we’re just, again, focusing on the guys that are in the building and out on the practice field.”
Slay inked a four-year, $48.15 million pact with the Lions in 2016. He has a $12.55 million base salary this season and a $10 million base salary in 2020. Slay also has a $250,000 workout bonus in each of his next two seasons.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2017 All-Pro ranked as the No. 23 cornerback in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Giants traded Harrison to the Lions in October. The 30-year-old defensive tackle had 81 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a passes defensed in 17 games last season between the Giants and Lions.
The 6-foot-3, 353-pound defensive lineman started 16 games in 2018. Pro Football Focus rated Harrison as the No. 3 defensive lineman in football in 2018.
Harrison signed a five-year, $46.25 million contract with the Giants in 2016. He is set to make $6.76 million in base salary this season. He has a $250,000 workout bonus. Harrison has a $9 million base salary in 2020, with another $250,000 workout bonus.