I hate to start another Slay thread but this thread is specific to outcomes with Slay and why the Lions are in a pretty solid position with Slay. Here are the possible outcomes for Slay:
We re-sign Slay. We know him, he is a solid player and we simply get a deal done and bring him back. All parties are happy.
We trade Slay…but we get some kind of compensation for letting him go. Personally if we get more than a 3rd for him I will be happy. Another team needs to pay him still which is why a team might not want to give up much for Slay. That team could simply dip into the free agent pool without giving up a draft asset. So if we trade Slay we get something and that makes me happy BECAUSE…
We can then go after a younger free agent CB using Slay’s 2020 cap and more to sign an up and comer. My guess right now…we go after just-turned 25 CB Kendall Fuller. Kendall is a fine young CB who has been really good in KC and he can play outside and inside, like Coleman. That would be a fine outcome if we lose Slay.
Now…there are certainly other solid stop gap options if we lose Slay. Chris Harris for example. Logan Ryan for example. Solid players even if not Slay.
However you want to cut it those are all fine outcomes. But there is one more bad option and thus risk:
We lose Slay and out free agent CB target don’t sign here. That would be bad.
I am happy with three out of four outcomes. There is risk there but if Slay leaves the Lions will have the resources to go hard after a replacement player.
Look at it this way. Which outcome is best:
Slay re-signed V. Lions get a draft pick PLUS say Kendall Fuller/Chris Harris V. or Lions get a draft pick and NO Slay replacement? Option one and two are the most likely while option three is the risk on option two (option two is the opportunity cost of re-signing Slay too).
Either way I am happy. Knowing there is a top CB rookie out there that may fit here well too takes some of the sting out of the third option if necessary.