Early draft picks could boost Detroit's running game


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — This has become a familiar situation for the Detroit Lions: A top defensive player is entering the last year of his contract, and his long-term status is in question.

Cornerback Darius Slay is in that position now, heading into the fourth and final season of his rookie deal. The past two offseasons, it was DeAndre Levy and Ndamukong Suh who had expiring contracts.

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