UPDATE: Cornerback Darius Slay’s contract is a two-year extension, which will be in addition to the 2023 season he has remaining. The three year deal in total is $42 million, including $23 million guaranteed.
The deal will lower his cap hit significant for 2023 — something Philadelphia desperately needs.
After an odd turn of events, Philadelphia Eagles’ cornerback Darius Slay is expected to remain with the team.
The Eagles had 20 free agents who were set to his the market this week. And, with the majority of them heading out the door, they unexpectedly added Darius Slay into the mix. Last Friday, the team granted permission to Slay’s agent to look for a trading partner as the cornerback was looking for more money that the Eagles couldn’t give him.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the team would release Slay with a June 1st designation. Moving on from the five-time Pro Bowl would free up $17 million in cap space.
Slay posted to Twitter, leaving fans wondering which team he would land on.
Nothing but love Philly!! Lets see where we heading next..
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) March 15, 2023
The news also left his fellow teammates equally confused.
But, with the new league year beginning at 4pm on Wednesday, the Eagles had yet to post an official announcement regarding Slay’s departure. And, just a few hours later, it was reported (from multiple sources) that Philadelphia was trying to keep the cornerback and have been in discussions with him.
Though no final decision has been made, Slay and his wife Jennifer have indicated that he isn’t going anywhere.
Back like I never left!!! Run it back 🦅
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) March 16, 2023
Slay was originally signed through 2023, set to earn a base salary of $17 million plus bonuses. He, however, was looking for a new multi-year contract. His current market value according to Spotrac is $21.4 million yearly.
Since joining the Eagles in 2020, Slay has been an integral part of the defense. Last season, he earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 2. He played all 17 regular-season games, totaling 55 tackles, 14 pass deflections, and three interceptions for 17 yards. He was also selected for the Pro Bowl.
Slay’s return would mean that Philadelphia gets both of their starting cornerbacks, after re-signing James Bradberry earlier in the week.