Let’s get back to Slay’s most recent interview. Was 2019 an off-year?
Why can’t Howie draft these guys instead of trading for them? Did Philly win by landing Slay over the aforementioned Byro Jones? Does the older veteran deserve to make more money than the younger guy?
These are all questions that have been asked over the past 24 hours. One thing we can all probably agree with is this. Though Jones is younger, Slay’s probably the better playmaker at this point in both of their careers. A three-year deal is about what Philly should have given Slay in this situation, and that’s what Slay was given.
You won’t hear any complaints about that. He has several great years of football left in him and here’s something else if you’re a ‘Birds’ fan. If Philly planned on using a third-round or a fifth-round draft choice on a cover corner, they probably weren’t going to find one that’s better than the guy they landed on March 19th with either one of those selections.
There have been questions about whether or not 2019 was an off-year. There have been questions about whether or not he’s still in the elite category. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that he is, but those are our opinions mostly. What does Slay have to say about himself and about his own ability?
“I’m not a good player. I’m a great player”. How’s that for an answer? It’s short, sweet, and to the point. Not only that, but he’s also correct. Anyone who’s been paying attention will tell you that the Eagles are better at cornerback right now than they were at the beginning of the new league year, and Slay can take much of the credit for that by showing up.
Sure, Philly can’t keep handing out big money to guys because they can’t draft them with any success, but this is still a move that helps with a major area of need. This is a major win for the franchise that needed one during the free-agency period.