The Detroit Lions signed free agent cornerback Desmond Trufant to a two-year, $21 million deal on Wednesday afternoon. Now that the Lions have another starting corner, it is looking like the team will soon trade Darius Slay. According to Adam Schefter, the Lions will continue to shop Slay throughout free agency.
Now that the Lions have signed former Falcons’ CB Desmond Trufant, it allows them to continue shopping CB Darius Slay.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
Slay had some thoughts on his situation and the Trufant signing as replied to Schefter’s tweet.
Congrats to my guy!!!! Hope that speeds up my trade process!! https://t.co/ZQHO3NCGuE
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) March 19, 2020
It looks like Slay is ready to find a new home.
Here are a three teams that are potential candidates to trade for Darius Slay:
3. Philadelphia Eagles
As the new league year was approaching, the Eagles had been in the running to sign free agent Byron Jones.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the Miami Dolphins landed Jones by making him the highest paid corner in the league. Nevertheless, the Eagles are still in need of a cornerback as their secondary is the weakest part of the team.
Trading for Darius Slay would not solve their secondary issues, but it sure would help. With losing Malcom Jenkins to free agency, Darius Slay would drastically improve their struggling defensive back corps.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers arguably made the biggest splash in free agency by landing Tom Brady. But, addressing their quarterback position may not be enough to match up with some of their division rivals. The Bucs have to play two of the best wide receivers in Michael Thomas and Julio Jones twice a year. Brady will not be able to much against them while under center. In turn, Tampa Bay needs a star corner.
In 2019, the Buccaneers allowed 270.1 passing yards per game, placing 30th in the league. Adding Slay would not only help the Bucs match up against their divisional opponents better, it would improve their secondary altogether.
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas defense did fairly well in 2019 in terms of playing against the pass. The team allowed an averaged only 223.5 passing yards a game, ranking ninth in the league.
But, a huge part of their success was starting corner Byron Jones, who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins. Now, the Cowboys cornerbacks consist of Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown.
With Jones gone, the Cowboys need a cornerback to fill his shoes. Trading for Slay would solve this issue. The Cowboys are predicted to address their need at safety through the NFL draft, and Slay is arguably better than any corner that the team would be able to land in free agency. In addition, Slay’s experience would be a great addition to a young Dallas secondary.
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