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Lions’ Darius Slay Speaks Out About the Surprise Trade of Quandre Diggs

Most of the Lions locker room had publicly taken an even-keeled approach to the team’s decision to trade starting safety Quandre Diggs this week, cornerback Darius Slay, Diggs’ closest friend on the team, had a more visceral reaction, questioning the decision, loyalty in the NFL and his long-term future in Detroit.

“(Crap), it basically say it don’t matter who you is,” Slay said. “No matter how much you put in, at the end of the day it’s a business so that’s how I just look at it. Nobody’s safe, in my opinion.

“Why wouldn’t it surprise me? Just told you he was an alternate Pro Bowler and our team captain. How would it not be surprising? That would be crazy.”

Diggs was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, along with a future seventh-round draft choice for the Seahawks fifth-round selection in 2020.

Slay, 28, a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the team’s best defensive players, said he didn’t have any conversations with coach Matt Patricia or general manager Bob Quinn before or after Diggs was traded.

“I ain’t talking to neither one of them about that,” Slay said. “That’s their problem. I’m working. That’s all I do. I work. It’s not no kind of relationship or nothing like that, just, I’m here. I work here. It’s my job. I got to do my job.”

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