kill Darius remains in Philadelphia anyway. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Reports (via Twitter) that the Eagles have agreed to a new deal with the cornerback. It is a two-year extension that will keep Slay in Philly through the 2025 season.
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Reports yesterday indicated that Slay would be released by the Eagles mainly due to his high $26.1 million cap number. This reported transaction followed negotiations between the two sides over a new contract, and the front office also shopped the cornerback to CB-needy teams. Slay himself tweeted about his impending release, a move that would have opened $17.5 million in cap space but left $13 million dead cap by 2024.
Less than 12 hours later, we learned that the Eagles had doubts about releasing the veteran. Reports indicated that the Eagles were having a “hard time” moving away from Slay and hoped the two sides could come to some sort of compromise. Soon after, Slay took to Twitter and hinted that he might return to the Eagles after all.
Now the new contract has been agreed, keeping the defense with Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweet that the three years of Slay’s contract (including the two new renewal years) are worth $42 million, including $23 million in guaranteed money.
Philly gave Slay a three-year, $50 million extension when he acted for him three years ago, and Slay has produced during his time with the organization. Pro Football Focus rated Slay the No. 21 overall corner kicker last season, with the 32-year-old earning his second Pro Bowl nod in a row after compiling 55 tackles, three interceptions and 14 passes defensed.
The Eagles had to invest in the position this offseason when they inked James Bradberry to a significant expansion. This new contract was expected to end Slay’s tenure with the team, but instead the secondary will only face the loss of starting safety. Marcus Eps.