Despite reports that the Philadelphia Eagles would fire Darius Slay, the Pro Bowl cornerback took to social media to say he will remain with the team. After it was revealed the Eagles were ready to cut him, Slay tweeted, “Nothing but love Philly!! Let’s see where we go next.” Later in the evening, however, he followed up with, “Back like I never left!!! Run it back” and an eagle emoji.
The drama unfolded after the Eagles failed to find a trading partner for Slay, who had earned Pro Bowl honors in two of his three seasons in Philadelphia. Last week, the Eagles gave Slays agent permission to seek a trade, but no deal materialized.
The Eagles made some notable moves this week, including the return of All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry on a three-year, $38 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. They also signed Fletcher Cox to a one-year, $10 million deal for defensive tackle.
Slay is set to enter the final season of a three-year, $50 million deal signed in March 2020. According to Spotrac, he will be due a base salary of $17 million with a cap of $26.1 million in 2023.
The 32-year-old cornerback played in all 17 games in 2022 and recorded 14 passes defended and three interceptions. He was a key member of the Eagles defense, which led the league in pass defense and conceded just 179.8 yards per game. In the postseason, Slay added 12 tackles for the NFC Champions who lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.
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With 26 interceptions and 513 tackles in 151 games (141 starts) split between the Detroit Lions and the Eagles, Slay has proven a valuable asset to any team. Despite the trade rumors and speculation, Slay’s tweet shows he’s ready to continue making an impact in Philadelphia.
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