According to Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions have traded CB Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 third and fifth round draft selection.
A splash for Philly: The #Eagles are trading for #Lions star CB Darius Slay, sources say, finishing off talks that first began around the trade deadline. As part of the deal, Slay receives a new contract that puts him among the highest-paid at his position.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
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
To appease Slay’s wishes for a new contract, a three-year, $50-million extension was also agreed upon before the deal was made. The average salary per year is currently the highest for any cornerback in the NFL.
With Slay’s contract now off the Lions books, it opens up $10.5-million more in cap space while leaving $2.9-million in dead cap in 2020. Oddly enough, that $10.5-million in open space is the exact amount that the Lions are paying newly-sign corner Desmond Trufant per season.
Going into the last year of his deal, the 29 year old Slay was obviously looking for an extension — a contract that would make him one of the highest paid defensive backs in the NFL. Needless to say, general manager Bob Quinn and the Lions didn’t agree with the three time Pro Bowler’s perceived value.
“Big Play” Slay has spent his entire seven-year career in Detroit. Make no mistake, he has been one of the best players on the team over that span. During his tenure with the Lions, he accumulated 19 interceptions and 104 passes defensed — the most in the NFL since 2013.
It won’t be easy for the Lions to replace Slay, but Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman will need to step up their game.
(The article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)