Darius Slay already has his jersey number in mind for his new team.
Slay said on Instagram Saturday that he wants to wear No. 24 for the Eagles in honor of Kobe Bryant.
Eagles CB Darius Slay says he will wear 24 with Eagles to honor Kobe Bryant. He is thrilled to join Eagles knowing it was Kobe’s favorite team
“I’m going Kobe mode. Black mamba. Rest in peace to the One of my favorite players. I will look good in 24”
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 22, 2020
Bryant, who died in January, is from Philadelphia and was a fan of the Eagles. Slay wants to honor him in that way.
Slay, 29, was acquired by the Eagles for a third and fifth-round pick in a trade with the Detroit Lions. The cornerback got a three-year, $50 million extension that includes $30 million guaranteed as part of the deal.
Wearing No. 24 will be cool for Slay, but he has to maintain a high level of play to wear it well for Kobe.
- Darius Slay
Darius Slay is thrilled to be with the Philadelphia Eagles now, and it sounds like some with the Detroit Lions think it’s better for the team chemistry that he’s gone.
Slay was drafted by the Lions in the second round in 2013 and had been with them his entire career until now. However, he had issues with Matt Patricia since the head coach took over the team.
Slay told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday that he lost respect for Patricia when the new head coach made an example out of Slay during training camp in 2018 over the cornerback posting on social media. That negative first impression stuck with Slay, who still described his relationship with Patricia as “solid” last season.
Still, some others didn’t see it that way.
One Lions source told the Free Press’ Dave Birkett that Slay was a “major cancer” last season and would “sit in meetings and not pay attention” then “go into the locker room and tell other players how the coaches are full of s–t.”
Slay read the article and laughed at it via social media.
A cancer lol!!! I would love to kno who said that! https://t.co/0jbT2WB1IY
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) March 20, 2020
He also didn’t like that somebody aired him out anonymously.
It’s crazy to me that some people would literally let another man tell u that an be cool with it lol idk where y’all from but we don’t rock like that!!
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) March 20, 2020
Slay believes that the Lions cleared out the players who didn’t fit with Patricia and are bringing in new ones. The trade of Quandre Diggs last season upset many of the team’s players.
Slay is in a happier place now and is getting a nice fat contract from the Eagles. Patricia is building the Lions in the way that he wants. If the former Patriots defensive coordinator doesn’t turn them around, he’ll be viewed as another example of a coach trying to take over like he’s Bill Belichick before winning anything and building relationships with his players. It sounds like that may have been the issue between him and Slay.
The Philadelphia Eagles are revamping their secondary after they released veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins this week, and they have now acquired one of the best cornerbacks in football.
The Eagles are sending a third-round draft pick and a fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. Slay will receive an extension as part of the deal that will make him one of the highest-paid corners in football. The contract is worth $50 million over three seasons and includes $30 million guaranteed, according to Slay’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
The deal after the deal: the Eagles and new CB Darius Slay reached agreement on a 3-year, $50 million extension that includes $30 million guaranteed, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
ESPN’s Josina Anderson first reported on Wednesday evening that the Eagles and Lions were working on a trade involving Slay.
Slay has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, and he was set to earn just $10 million next season. That is well below market value for the top cornerbacks in the league, so you can understand why he wanted a new contract. The 29-year-old had 46 tackles and two interceptions last season. He has 19 career interceptions.
Having a strong secondary will be important for the Eagles, especially after the Dallas Cowboys just signed Amari Cooper to a huge extension. Slay will give Philly a major boost in that department.
The Philadelphia Eagles will need some help at cornerback stopping Amari Cooper and Terry McLaurin next season and reportedly are working on resolving that matter.
The Eagles are reportedly talking about trading for Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay. ESPN’s Josina Anderson says as part of the trade, Philly is talking about a possible 3-year contract extension for Slay.
I'm told there are ongoing discussions right now regarding the framework of a 3-year extension as part of a trade that would send CB Darius Slay to the #Eagles, per source.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 19, 2020
Slay is certainly hoping so.
Congrats to my guy!!!! Hope that speeds up my trade process!! https://t.co/ZQHO3NCGuE
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) March 19, 2020
The 29-year-old is set to make $10 million next season but wants (and deserves) more than that. He’s understandably looking to go to a team that can pay him market value. Slay had 46 tackles and two interceptions last season. He has 19 career interceptions.
The Detroit Lions are making an addition to their secondary, which will ease the potential departure of Darius Slay.
Detroit is signing cornerback Desmond Trufant to a 2-year deal worth $21 million, with $14 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
Trufant had 18 tackles and four interceptions in nine games for the Falcons last season before suffering a broken forearm.
Adding Trufant will allow Detroit to continue shopping Darius Slay. Slay has been looking for a new contract and wants to be highly paid. A report last month said the Lions were open to trading him.
This may be what Detroit needed in order to have the confidence to get what they want for Slay in a trade.
Jalen Ramsey has never been shy about voicing what he wants through the media, and he wants to play with another shutdown corner.
The Los Angeles Rams cornerback suggested that his team acquire Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions, adding that he was only having fun making the suggestion.
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 23, 2020
Slay certainly seemed into the idea.
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) February 23, 2020
Given the Rams’ cap issues and the fact that Slay will be expecting a big contract extension, this isn’t really a likely outcome. What is clear is Slay is available for trade, and with a year on his contract, the onus is on the Detroit Lions to either sign him long-term or move him on. The latter seems to be the likelier option, and it’s pretty clear that plenty of his peers will want him on their team.
Darius Slay looks destined to depart the Detroit Lions as the offseason gets underway.
The veteran cornerback has been the subject of trade talks with multiple teams, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Lions have spoken with multiple teams about a potential trade for Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay, per sources. Any team that trades for Slay would have to compensate Detroit and Slay with a new deal. Other teams believe Slay will be traded this off-season, but Lions adamant on value.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 17, 2020
Slay is heading into the final year of his contract with the Lions. He expects and deserves to get paid, but the Lions have been reluctant to give him what he wants. That led to Slay being shopped before the trade deadline last season, and it appears that will be happening again. That said, with the Lions still trying to compete, their desire to get a quality return for him is understandable, even if they don’t appear to have ample leverage.
The 29-year-old Slay is a three-time Pro Bowler and a former All-Pro. He’s made it pretty clear that he either wants the Lions to pay him or move him to someone else who will do it.