Well, this isn’t the guy that they originally wanted but Darius Slay fills a need for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also raises a couple of questions.
Well, this should soothe the fan base and media some. According to multiple reports, including two from the reliable voices of ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles fill a major need by adding veteran cornerback Darius Slay. The Detroit Lions receive two draft picks (a third and a fifth-rounder) as compensation, and the Eagles have given Slay a three-year extension to sweeten the deal.
As Adam Schefter and Field Yates report, the extension is for three years, and it will cost $50 million, which is obviously an average of $16.67 million per season. That’s actually more than the $16.5 million that Byron Jones received to go play in South Beach for the Miami Dolphins. More on that later.
We knew before the regular season ended that addressing the cornerback position would be a huge part of the offseason process. Fans were frustrated over the Eagles and Howie Roseman‘s inability to land Jones and James Bradberry (the latter landed with the rival New York Giants). It didn’t help that there was also some talk about Roseman being unable to land DeAndre Hopkins after being involved in discussions to acquire his services.
Slay may not have been Philly’s first option, but he’s someone the Eagles eyed for a while. Here are a couple of pros and cons of the move.