Eagles acquire Lions star cornerback Darius Slay

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:23 am EST

The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to acquire a top-tier cornerback this offseason. And they were able to do just that on Thursday morning.

The Eagles have acquired star cornerback Darius Slay. In exchange, the Detroit Lions added a 2020 third-round draft pick and a 2020 fifth-round draft pick.

Former Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay celebrates an interception against the Chicago Bears
Darius Slay celebrates an interception against the Chicago Bears (Photo by the Associated Press/Rick Osentoski)

The picks that the Lions are receiving are a 85th overall in the third round. In addition, they are receiving the 166th overall pick in the fifth-round.

Detroit now has five picks within the first 85 picks.

After being traded to the Eagles, Slay has agreed to a three-year deal worth $50 million. The package includes $30 million in guaranteed money.

He is now being paid like one of the top cornerbacks in the league.

Slay wanted to move on after the Lions signed Desmond Trufant to a two-year deal on Wednesday. He retweeted it and said, “Congrats to my guy!!!! Hope that speeds up my trade process!!”

The Eagles has to do something after their failed pursuit of free agent cornerback Byron Jones. He signed a massive deal with the Miami Dolphins worth $82.5 million over five years.

The 29-year-old Brunswick, Georgia native was a second-round pick by the Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was drafted by Jim Schwartz, who will now be his new defensive coordinator with the Eagles. 

In his career, he has appeared in 103 games, including 94 starts. He has had 347 tackles, including five tackles for a loss and one quarterback hit. 

He has 1.0 sacks, 19 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown;  one fumble recovery, and 13 pass deflections. 

Slay has had 13 interceptions in the last three seasons, including a career-high eight in 2017. In his first four seasons, he had just six interceptions. 

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