Darius Slay Jr. Signs Two Year Extension with Eagles
April 12, 2023
Cornerback Darius Slay has signed a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Eagles, putting an end to a dramatic week. The five-time Pro Bowler had reportedly been given permission to seek a trade while negotiating an extension with the Eagles, and rumors had surfaced about his imminent release. However, the Eagles changed their minds, and Slay will stay with the team for at least another two years. The deal is worth $42 million, including $23 million guaranteed.
The Eagles' decision to keep Slay is a significant one, as he has been their top cornerback for the past three seasons. Slay was originally acquired from the Detroit Lions before the 2020 season, and he has recorded seven interceptions and 31 pass deflections during his time with the Eagles. He signed a three-year, $50 million extension upon his arrival, but his potential release in 2023 would have saved the Eagles $17.5 million this year, as he was due to earn over $26 million in that season.
The Eagles' decision to keep Slay comes after they re-signed free agent cornerback James Bradberry to a three-year contract. The Eagles have thus secured two pivotal pieces of their Super Bowl secondary.
Slay's extension will be a relief for Eagles fans, who have seen many changes to the team's roster in recent seasons. The Eagles will hope that Slay can continue to be an important part of their defense as they strive for success in the coming years.
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