Eagles Trade for Lions’ Cornerback Darius Slay
As the list of free-agent cornerbacks grew shorter and shorter, it appeared the Eagles had struck out on the opportunity to mend one of the roster’s biggest holes,.
That all changed Thursday morning when the Eagles traded a third- and fifth-round picks from the 2020 draft to Detroit in exchange for Darius Slay.
"They are getting a really, really good player. The Lions didnt want to pay him what he was looking for," ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said on The Sports Bash.
"He's a great man corner, great press corner, I think this is a good move for the Eagles, I think its a great move for Darius Slay," Rothstein continued.
The move comes less than 24 hours after the Eagles lost fan-favorite safety Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints in free agency, and announcing they were going to move Jalen Mils from corner to safety, leaving a hole at the cornerback position.
He's already reached agreement on a new three-year, $50 million extension that includes $30 million guaranteed per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The deal is a no-brainer for the Eagles, who entered the season with a big need at the cornerback position.
Slay is exactly what the Eagles have lacked the past few years in in Jim Schwartz defense, a guy who can travel all over the field to eliminate an opponent's No. 1 WR. He frequently filled that role and was one of the league's best corners during his seven seasons with the Lions.
So Slay will man on of the corner spots, but who will play opposite him? Holdovers SIdney Jones, Rasul Douglas are still options, but you can now expect Howie Roseman to look a lot closer at a defensive back at No. 21 in the upcoming NFL Draft.