The Eagles have one of the game’s best cornerbacks in the form of Darius Slay.
Think back to the aforementioned signing of Javon Hargrave in 2020. That was a huge offseason for this team.
The Birds were expected to pursue one of the better free agents that were available (Byron Jones or James Bradberry). They both signed elsewhere and in an act of desperation or genius (or both), Eagles vice president/general manager Howie Roseman traded for Darius Slay and immediately signed him to a three-year deal worth $50 million with $30 million guaranteed the next day.
Byron Jones hasn’t made a Pro Bowl since joining the Miami Dolphins. James Bradberry made pro football’s all-star team in 2020. For his efforts during the most reason NFL regular season, Big Play Slay got another nod, his fourth, in 2021.
Yes, Slay is over 30-years old, and that’s considered to be ancient by football standards sometimes. This is still one of the better cover guys in the game. Those guys don’t grow on trees, and the Birds aren’t in a position where they can move on from their best players.
He technically isn’t a free agent until 2024 thanks to a restructure that came in March of last year, but no one should be shocked if an extension comes sometime in the 2022 season. It could be wise to ink him to a deal earlier.