Eagles have two options with Darius Slay: Extension or trade
The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly allowed superstar Darius Slay to seek a deal in the midst of contract talks.
The Philadelphia Eagles had an exceptional season in 2022, but fell short of winning their second Lombardi Trophy, losing 38-35 to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 57.
General Manager Howie Roseman has just that job. He has 20 players to be free agents (19 unrestricted) and has to negotiate a contract extension for incoming linebacker Jalen Hurts. As it turns out, there’s another player in need of a new contract, but will the Eagles give him a new one?
Cornerback Darius Slay is set to enter his senior year under contract. According to ESPN’s Diana Rossini, the Eagles allowed Slay’s agent, Drew Rosenhouse, to seek a trade. Rossini also said that the Eagles hope to keep Slay on the team.
MMQB’s Albert Brier later clarified the report, saying that Slay had not requested a trade from the team, saying that this was “part of the negotiations”.
Darius Slay didn’t ask for a deal, per the source, so that’s part of the negotiation. It will be interesting to see if he and the Eagles can work something out. https://t.co/5kupsYK0Mm
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 10, 2023
The Eagles allow Darius Slay to seek a trade during contract extension talks
The Eagles acquired Slay from the Detroit Lions prior to the 2020 season in exchange for that year’s third round and fifth round pick. At the time of the trade, Slay was under contract for another season. Therefore, the Eagles signed a Pro Bowl cornerback to a three-year, $50.1 million dollar contract.
Now, Slay is set to make a new deal at the end of the 2023 season.
Last season, Slay recorded 55 combined tackles (40 solo, 15 tackle assisted), 14 passes defensed, and three interceptions. In coverage, Slay allowed 46 receptions for 532 yards and five touchdowns on 79 targets, according to Pro Football Reference.
Philadelphia is in danger of losing some key customers in the defensive backfield. Cornerback James Bradberry and safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson are slated to become unrestricted free agents and are ranked as the best free agents available at their position. Both were brought to the Eagles prior to last season, Bradbury on a free agent deal and Gardner Johnson on a trade.
Slay’s saga in Philadelphia is well worth watching, especially as the team looks to continue keeping their team strong on paper for another Super Bowl title run.