They got him.
A third and a fifth for Darius Slay:
Eagles are trading a third- and fifth-round pick in 2020 draft to Detroit for Darius Slay, per source. https://t.co/o2LPCtHK0M
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Schefter went on to give these details:
The deal after the deal: the Eagles and new CB Darius Slay reached agreement on a 3-year, $50 million extension that includes $30 million guaranteed, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN.
The Eagles had two picks each in the third and fifth rounds, so we’ll see which ones they moved. They had #85 overall, which was a natural pick, and then a comp pick at #103. In the fifth round, they owned 166 and 168, so not much difference at all there.
But they started with 10 picks total, and only moving a pair of those for a 29 year old who went to the Pro Bowl in 2017, 2018, and 2019 is pretty good business I’d say. Slay earned $12.5 million in 2019 and was set to earn $10 million this year, so we’ll see how the three-year deal breaks down once more details come out, but it averages out to $16.6 million per. Slay just turned 29 in January, so this contract would take him right up to his 32nd birthday.
You’re probably reading some stuff out there about Slay having a down year in 2019, which I don’t think is totally accurate. He’s a #1 corner, so he was covering guys like Davante Adams, Allen Robinson, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen in the NFC North.
What about NFC East receivers?
If Darius Slay is traded to the Eagles…
he’s done OUTSTANDING vs Amari Cooper.
Cooper vs PHI (5 gms, 44 targets):
• 4 TDs
• 11.1 YPA
• 98 yds/gm
• 64% catch rate
Cooper vs DET (2 gms, 12 targets):
• 0 TDs
• 3.5 YPA
• 21 yds/gm
• 33% catch rate
From 2019 meeting 🎥 pic.twitter.com/1a6Z6MSfkQ
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) March 19, 2020
If I trace the source of the criticism accurately, I think it’s coming from Pro Football Focus, which ranked him pretty low last year. That grading was met with equal criticism from players like the Honey Badger:
Sorry my guys, he is not the 83rd best CB. That is a lie that some will believe. #WatchTheTape he play man to man every down, even when he shouldn’t, he manned up. Tough duty, only 1% of the works can do. https://t.co/Uk4Uh4CPVb
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) March 19, 2020
And teammate Jamal Agnew:
Week to week Slay follow other team best. ZERO HELP. 💰💰 https://t.co/cfqc3gvqAM
— Mal (@jamalagnew) March 19, 2020
“Zero help” is key here, since Eagle corners often work on an island. They’ve always needed help from the pass rush, which is where Howie and Jim Schwartz start building their defenses.
Bottom line however, Slay is a legit #1 corner, and if his last three years have been better than anything Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, or Sidney Jones have put together. On paper, he might be the best cover corner to play here since… Asante Samuel maybe? Possibly.