After a long day hiding in the tall grass, Howie Roseman strikes like a viper. The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly working on a trade for Lions cornerback Darius Slay.
This comes on the back of a two-day window where just about every top free agent cornerback had been stripped away from Howie’s grasp. Byron Jones, James Bradberry, and Chris Harris Jr. all signed new deals, leaving the Eagles in a tricky spot. But the one player they have been linked with ever since the trade deadline is ultimately the one they seem to be pursuing.
At 29-years old, he’s entering the final year of a contract that will see him carry a cap-hit of $13.4M. This seems pricy, but he is coming off a year where he recorded 2 picks and 10 passes defensed in 12 games played along with 23 solo tackles.
We don’t yet know what the stipulations of this deal are. It’s important to remain somewhat calm despite the instant excitement until we find out what exactly the Eagles are giving up. Detroit acquired a star cornerback of their own today in the way of Desmond Trufant, which may have taken away from Slay’s value. But in that same breath, the three-time Pro Bowler has watched a lot of money thrown around numerous secondaries and may want a share of the pie.
Either way, it’s exciting to think about a true lockdown corner in Philadelphia. This would be the biggest acquisition at the position since Byron Maxwell, but hopefully, this story has the fairytale ending that 2015 lacked.
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