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Quinn talks Stafford trade rumors, Slay trade possibility

INDIANAPOLIS – Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia stopped to talk to local beat writers Tuesday ahead of their scheduled podium times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The topic of conversation? Quarterback Matthew Stafford and cornerback Darius Slay.

Quinn and Patricia reiterated the fact that they have no intention of trading Stafford, and don't know where those rumors came from.

"That's 100 percent false," Quinn said of any trade talks. "If I need to add a third exclamation point, I will."

Both Patricia and Quinn have talked to Stafford over the last couple weeks since the rumors were floated out there, and told him it was a complete non-story.

"When the story came out, I called Matthew and said, 'Listen, I haven't had one conversation and I'm not trading you,' and he was great, he was like, "Yeah, I don't want to go anywhere.'"

View photos media availability at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine on Tues., Feb 25, 2020 in Indianapolis.

Quinn later said he considers Stafford to be in his prime, and expects him to play out his contract in Detroit.

"He's our guy," Quinn said of Stafford.

At the time of his back injury Week 9 in Oakland, Stafford was second in in the NFL in touchdowns (19), fourth in yards (2,499), fifth in passer rating (106.0) and first in 20-plus-yard completions (41).

Quinn also said Stafford's back is healthy, and he'll be full go for the start of the offseason training program.

While Quinn hasn't had talks with other teams about Stafford, he said he has talked to teams about the possibility of trading Slay.

"I think what we're trying to do is explore a trade," Quinn said of Slay. "That's not saying we are definitely trading him. We've had some conversations with other teams. Nothing to report right now. We're very much in the information gather phase of this."

Quinn said everything is on the table when it comes to Slay – signing him to an extension, trading the three-time Pro Bowler or having him play out the final year of his contract.

"We'll have some conversations and see where it goes," Quinn said.

The Combine is a good time to have those conversations with all 32 top team executives and most of the NFL agents in town for the week.

Slay, 29, is Detroit's best cover corner. He just made his third straight Pro Bowl. His 104 passes defended are the most of any player in the league since 2013.

"Of course I want an extension, but how it'll turn out, we'll see," Slay told a small group of Detroit beat writers at the Super Bowl. "If they give me a contract, I'll be blessed and fortunate enough for it. Like I've said, I've always wanted to retire a Detroit Lion, but if it don't happen, it's cool, I'll be alright."

Quinn said he has no timetable for a decision to be made on Slay's future.

"It's a huge balance," Quinn said. "It's a huge decision. It's a huge conversation that's not easy one way or the other. We can see it from both sides. I think everybody here knows football and the knows the business side of it and you can look at it two ways and that's what we're trying to sort out right now."

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