Last night the word came down that Darius Slay was staying in Philly. Just a day earlier, that did not seem to be the case. The Eagles had resigned Bradberry. And earlier in the day, they had reportedly released Slay. But that just seemed to be a way to move money around and sign him to a reworked deal, because Slay is staying in Philly. And now we know more details of how. Slay and the Eagles agreed to a two-year extension that will keep him in Philly through 2025.
Numbers are in on Darius Slay’s expected extension: Slay agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension that includes $23 million fully guaranteed. The extension was confirmed and negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2023
That $42 million may seem like a large number. Over 3 seasons, that averages to $14 million per year. But it is important to know that does not necessarily mean they will take a $14 million cap hit every year. When they first traded for him, they agreed to a 3-year extension worth $50 million. But in the 3 seasons he played for the Eagles, the total cap hit was around $20 million. The Eagles love to use cap tricks to push the cap hit forward. Which is why Slay was set to carry a cap hit of $29 million this season. They very well could do the same thing again, and load up the largest cap hits on the back end of the contract.
All we know is that this deal clears up cap space for know for the Eagles. And it gives Slay what he wanted too. A longer contract. The true details of the trade, we might not know right away. All we do know is that this means the Eagles are keeping their elite CB duo together. Slay, Bradberry, and Avonte Maddux are a big reason why the Eagles gave up the least passing yards per game last season.
Darius Slay has been a staple for Philly both on and off the field. He and his wife have truly embraced the city, with the city embracing him back. Slay, Bravberry, and all these other players figuring out ways to stay here, just goes to show the narrative that Philly fans are awful falls flat. If it were true, you wouldn’t see guys go out of their way to stick around like they have this off-season. The Slays made it clear they wanted to stay here. Now they get to, for another 3 seasons. And he will be alongside James Bradberry for the duration of that deal. Pretty nice knowing you shouldn’t need an outside corner for a couple of years.
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