ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Defensive back Darius Slay still doesn’t care whether or not he was traded from the Cheap Detroit Lions Jerseys earlier this week. He heard the rumors and ignored them. He spent a day which could be stressful for others, with futures in the balance and all, playing video games — getting better at Call of Duty and NBA 2K.
If the Lions decided they didn’t want him anymore, so be it. He was OK with that. But don’t take that the wrong way, either. Darius Slay has no problems staying, either. And has no issues being around for a long time if that’s what ends up happening. Including his entire career.
“I wouldn’t mind,” Slay said Wednesday. “I wouldn’t mind playing my whole career, who wouldn’t want to play on just one team. But it’s a whole business.”
BEREA, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. came to the defense of Baker Mayfield on Thursday, calling some criticism of the embattled Cheap Cleveland Browns Jerseys quarterback unfair, while noting that others on the team need to play better.
“You can’t sit here and say it’s all on him. You have to take a look at everything going on around him,” Beckham said. “Obviously, he has to play better. I have to player better. … We all need to do better. Can’t sit back and be like, ‘It’s Baker’s fault.’ I feel like that’s the easiest thing for us to do. I’ve been in situations where one person is getting the blame, and the rest of the people are quiet to kind of stay out of the fire.
“I’m going to jump in the fire with him. I’ll be the first one. Some of these losses are on me. I need to be in the right place at the right time. I’m going to do better. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of the season.”
The Browns are 2-5, with Mayfield tied for the Cheap NFL Jerseys lead with Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston with 12 interceptions. Beckham, meanwhile, has only one touchdown catch in his first season with Cleveland and is averaging career lows with only 4.9 receptions and 69.7 yards per game.
Coming off a loss at New England, Mayfield got into a testy exchange Wednesday with a reporter before abruptly walking out of his media availability. Beckham said he’d already talked about the incident with Mayfield, referencing a Drake lyric as a lesson — “You only lose when you fight back” — while also offering understanding.
“Nobody likes to feel like you’re being poked at or prodded at, especially not a guy like that,” Beckham said. “I’ve been through that journey already, I’ve been through this fire. That’s a part of me that’s able to help him in a way. This is a kid who cares about Cheap Football Jerseys , cares about winning. Whatever people make him out to be just because of his personality — if we were winning and he was still doing it, we’d all be here laughing. Because we’re losing, we want to kind of poke at him a little.
“I’m going to be the first one here to defend him every single time. I’ve always got his back. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. … I understand how we’re looking for the negative. But he wants to win. He’s upset he’s not winning, or he hasn’t done to the best of his ability, that’s upsetting. Just upsetting. We want to be great.”
Despite the disappointing start, Mayfield maintained Wednesday that he still believes the Browns will turn the season around. Beckham piggybacked on that, specifically noting that he and Mayfield will begin to click through the air soon enough.
“The more games we have together, the better we’ll be, but it’s time for us to turn it on,” Beckham said. “You have a highly regarded quarterback [who] I think is a phenomenal player, and I just want to be able to help him in every which way I can.
“I have no doubt in my mind that at some point in time it’s going to be everything that we all talked about.”
Slay knew that before last week, when the Lions traded safety Quandre Diggs to Seattle — setting off a raw, honest media session two days later where Slay let his feelings about loyalty be known. He’s always known the business side of it, told to him early on in his career by his mentors in the locker room.
But now with the trade deadline come and gone and Slay being with the Lions for at least the rest of 2019, he’s ready to play — although he wouldn’t say if he’ll be available this week against the Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys (Sunday, 4:05 ET, FOX) as he’s nursing a hamstring injury.
How much longer Slay plays — and how much longer it’s in Detroit — he doesn’t know. He said he hasn’t thought about his playing future, insisting the only future he thinks about is the one with his family. And he’s not sure how many more years he wants to play football, either.
“I ain’t trying to play that long,” Slay said. “I ain’t Rod [Woodson] or Charles [Woodson], none of them. I ain’t trying to play no 20 years.”
Rod Woodson, who mentored Slay early in his career, played 17 NFL seasons. Charles Woodson played 18 years. Neither played their entire careers with one team.
Slay said he wasn’t sure how much longer he wants to play, but that it won’t be 20. Not close. When asked if 10 was a realistic number — he’s in his seventh season now, he said that would be “a great number.”
“But whatever the Lord bless me with,” Slay said. “How I’m feeling at Year 10, but whatever. Twenty for sure, no. Not even thinking close to that.”
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Money isn’t an issue — Slay referenced good financial standing multiple times, including saying “I’m a millionaire, dude,” when asked if he didn’t at least care a little about whether or not he got dealt. No one in the organization talked to him about his comments or about whether or not he was on the trade block.
He said he wasn’t fined by the organization for his comments, either, and if they had done so, “it would have been a problem, too.”
Instead, Slay is going to continue to say what he wants, when he wants. As he said — the media asks him questions and he answers them. It’s just him being honest. It’s why he still says he didn’t care whether or not he was traded.
And he didn’t care if what he said last week might have gotten dealt as well.
“The whole point in time, y’all didn’t understand it, that I didn’t care if I did,” Slay said. “It is what it is, a whole business. All I was doing here is playing ball and trying to win games.”