A.J. Brown voices frustration about Eagles releasing Darius Slay
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 12: AJ Brown #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks to Darius Slay #2 against the New York Jets during a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Jets defeated the Eagles 24-21. (Photo by Mitchell Leaf/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles will release quarterback Darius Slay after the two sides could not agree on a restructured contract.
Philly just can’t stop the bleeding. Philly Just Can’t Stop the Bleeding Much of the vaunted Eagles defense that stalked opposing NFC offenses last season is gone thanks to NFL free agency. Along with Slay, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, linebacker TJ Edwards, and safety Marcus Epps will line up for another spot next season.
CJ Gardner-Johnson, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and teammate DT Linval Joseph are still free agents to date. That’s more than half of the defense.
There was always some change, but Howie Roseman’s bold strategy of replacing the majority of his league’s best team on the fly could come back to bite him.
Slay said his farewells to Philadelphia after the two sides failed to agree on a restructured contract.
Nothing but love Philly!! Let’s see where we go next…
– Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) March 15, 2023
Philadelphia extended James Bradbury on Tuesday, and there are plenty of capable corners in a loaded draft class, so it’s likely Roseman’s head in letting Slay walk.
Why did the Philadelphia Eagles release Darius Slay?
The Eagles released Slay because they’re facing a cover crisis, and they know Jalen Hurts’ contract extension will come either this off-season, or somewhere down the road. They really went for it last season with Hurts still on the rookie deal.
Wide receiver AJ Brown was not happy with Philadelphia’s decision to release Slay, as he is just one of many Eagles contributors heading elsewhere in the offseason.
The frustration is easy to understand. How is Philadelphia supposed to reach the Super Bowl, let alone win a brand new defensive unit in 2023? And as fun as Nick Siriani is, he’s also welcoming a new defensive coordinator and lineup next season, too.
Retooling to this extent after reaching the Super Bowl is a bold strategy.