The Detroit Lions surprised a lot of people when they traded Quandre Diggs to the Seattle Seahawks. That has opened the door for more trades. Teams will likely be calling and asking about Slay’s availability before the trade deadline. Here are four potential landing spots for Darius Slay.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have already openly called the Lions about a trade for Slay. A trade would make sense for Philadelphia, as they have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Slay would be an immediate upgrade to any other corner on the roster and could help the Eagles fight for a playoff spot in the back half of the season.
Philadelphia might have to give up a few good draft picks for Slay, as Slay has some good years in him at 28 years old. The Eagles should be more than willing to give up draft picks for Slay if they think they can make a run at the Super Bowl, as they did a few years ago. They also wouldn’t have to worry about re-signing him until 2021, which is a nice perk if they have to give up some high draft picks in the trade.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are in a fantastic position to make the playoffs. They could improve their cornerback situation though with a trade before the deadline. Richard Sherman is a good corner, but the other corners on the roster aren’t great. A team that is undefeated at this point of the season should go for a Super Bowl appearance and it might take getting another quality player to push them over the hump.
One problem that presents itself is that the 49ers play a zone-based scheme. Richard Sherman was molded in it in Seattle and he also has the height and length to execute the scheme. Slay is just 6-feet tall, which could limit him. He still would likely improve the team in their playoff push.
3. Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden said the team wanted to get younger after trading Gareon Conley away. That might be true, but with a chance to get a great corner, Gruden may overlook what he said to the media following the departure of Conley. The Raiders are surprisingly still in the playoff race at 3-4 and could go on a run if the rest of the AFC West still underperforms.
The good news for the Raiders is that they would have Slay through 2021. Even though he is older than Conley, if the Raiders are ahead of schedule on their rebuild, Slay will be a much more productive player over the next few years. The Raiders have the draft capital to go out and get a player like Slay if they have the right motivation.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
As mentioned in earlier articles, the Chiefs just need to get better players on the defensive side of the ball. Their offense will likely come back to form when Patrick Mahomes comes back into the fold. If they truly want to win a Super Bowl, they have to play better defense. That means they’ll have to find a defender at the trade deadline.
The Chiefs will likely be motivated to get a solid corner after getting torched by Aaron Rodgers on Sunday Night Football. Kansas City did have a lot of players out for that game, but even when healthy the defense is subpar. Slay could at least shut down one side of the field for the team, making it harder for opposing offenses to move the ball.