Lions CB Darius Slay: $50 million ... yet still runs out of gas

Slay ran out of gas on his way to Lions practice Saturday, one day after he signed a 4-year contract extension

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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Jul 29, 2016; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay (23) talks to the press and smiles after practice at the Detroit Lions Training Facility.

Darius Slay just signed a contract extension worth $50.2 million, but the Detroit Lions' cornerback didn't spend a cent of that on gas for his car.

Slay ran out of gas on the way back to the Lions practice facility after he returned home briefly from training camp to retrieve some of his belongings.

Slay said he called his girlfriend for help but, when she wasn't available, he turned to road service for a fill up.

“Oh, Lord, I just ran out of gas," Slay said after practice today. "It was crazy. I was trying to get my stuff and my junk just ran out. I was like, 'Oh, I forgot.'"

Slay said he was on I-96 near the Southfield Freeway when his car petered to a stop.

He was back on the field in time for today's afternoon practice, and Slay said he wasn't late for any meetings.

"I haven't made it to the gas station, still," he said.

A second-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013, Slay signed a four-year extension with $23 million guaranteed on Friday that made him the seventh highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

Teammate Quandre Diggs said players hadn't had a chance to joke with Slay about his mishap, but some good-natured ribbing is coming.

"He was almost late coming in the building so we had meetings so we couldn't give him no hassle about that," Diggs said. "But he got $50 mil, he can get some gas. That's him. That's Slay, though. He's never going to change."

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