It's the latter endeavor that will likely come to fruition.
Slay wants a new deal before next season, in the neighborhood of $17 million per year. The Lions aren't inclined to give him that kind of money, or they would have done so by now. Quinn said last week the two sides 'have had a lot of good talks ... including in the last couple of weeks,' but Slay has made it clear he's not lowering his demands.
The Lions could opt to keep Slay for the final year of his contract -- "Everything’s on the table," Quinn said -- but a disgruntled star is the last thing the team needs in its locker room heading into a crucial season for Quinn and Matt Patricia.
"Have not put a time frame on it," Quinn said of a potential trade. "Could be sooner, could be later, but there’s nothing been set in stone about a date."
Those conversations will likely heat up this week, with Quinn acknowledging "this is the best time to" talk with other teams.