The negatives (continued): This is actually a worse deal than the ones Roseman turned down.
After seeing the Houston Texans give up DeAndre Hopkins and get nothing for him, it feels like there will always be questions about what could have been in Philadelphia. This has been said over and over again, but it must be repeated.
Roseman talked to the Texans about Hopkins. He knew Carson Wentz needed a receiver, and his response was to walk away because the cost was too high. What was he expecting? Was he thinking Hopkins might cost the league minimum?
Roseman didn’t resign the reliable Malcolm Jenkins, but he found the available resources to find Rodney Mcleod and the oft-struggling Jalen Mills. No disrespect to Mills or Jenkins. They’re both great at what they do and elevate their teammates on defense, but Jenkins never comes off of the field and any poll of the media or fan base would probably reveal most would have rather seen Jenkins stay.
Then, as if all of that isn’t bad enough, there was the Byron Jones issue. He was seen as being too expensive, but two days after he winds up in Miami, Philly pays more money to Slay, who’s two years older and probably graded a little lower. Saly turns 30 in January.
Make no mistake about it. Landing Philly’s newest corner is a major win for the franchise. He’s one of the game’s best, but we all know that there’s always a concern when guys are approaching 30. A three-year deal is just about right. In Slay, Philly now has a top-tier corner. Let’s just hope regression comes later rather than sooner.