On Friday, March 10, the Philadelphia Eagles granted Darius Slay and his representatives the ability to seek a trade. Slay is slated to earn $17 million in the final year of his three-year, $50 million deal. As a result, he will reportedly draw a cap hit of approximately $26 million.
Slay did not request a trade and the Eagles are reportedly looking for a way for the star cornerback can return to the team. On Friday, he issued a statement regarding the matter.
“That’s everyone, that’s what we all do when we’ve got one year left on our deal. We try to get the extension because it makes the cap low and then you get to start building around the team because once your cap’s too high, you can’t add more players,” Slay said recently.
“So with me, with my cap that high, I’m sure they probably want to get it down, and the best way to get it down is to give me some money.”
The Detroit Lions trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020. In his two seasons with the Eagles, he has made the Pro Bowl twice and helped the Eagles lead the league in pass defense during the 2022-2023 NFL season.
“I just want my fans to know, Slay did not ask to be traded,” Slay said on Saturday.
“But this is part of the business. There’s no bad blood against neither one of us, me or (general manager) Howie (Roseman). None of that. We all good. Great understanding, just the business part of it. A lot of guys go up for trade, you know, it got a lot of money involved in this situation. It’s nothing big. Nothing too serious, man. It’s part of the business.”