3 teams who should look into acquiring Darius Slay from the Lions
The NFL Combine is right around the corner and the rumors of players being traded or released in the offseason begin to spread. Just a week before the NFL Combine takes place, reports have surfaced that the Detroit Lions have talked to multiple teams about a trade involving Darius Slay.
The Lions understand that Slay wants an extension after the 2020 season and Detroit doesn’t seem interested in giving him one. Therefore, whatever team decides to make a move for Slay, better have a lucrative extension ready for him when he arrives.
In light of that, there are going to be teams that would like to add Slay via trade, but don’t have the financial resources to do so. At the same time, there are quite a few teams that are in need of an All-Pro corner and have the finances to acquire Slay.
With that being said, here are three teams that should look into acquiring Slay from the Lions.
3. Houston Texans
Over the course of the 2019 season, the Houston Texans attempted to address the cornerback position. For starters, they traded for Gareon Conley and then later claimed Vernon Hargreaves from waivers.
While they slightly improved the secondary, neither Conley or Hargreaves gave Houston confidence at the position moving forward. As a matter of fact, the Texans have already released Hargreaves ahead of free agency.
The Texans are beginning the offseason with $65.9 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. Given that, they have enough money to sign Darius Slay long-term and allow him to shore up part of the defense.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another team that could benefit from adding Slay is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first season with Todd Bowles as their defensive coordinator in 2019, Tampa Bay had the No. 1 run defense in the NFL.
On the other hand, the Buccaneers also failed to slow down opposing passing attacks; owning the 30th ranked pass defense in the NFL. Without a doubt, Sean Murphy-Bunting provided some optimism at the cornerback position this season.
However, the Buccaneers need to add an experienced veteran to the secondary and Tampa Bay isn’t going to find many corners better than Slay. Also, the Buccaneers wouldn’t have an issue signing Darius Slay as they possess $84.9 million in cap space, per Spotrac.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Last but not least, the Seattle Seahawks are an obvious team that is likely trying to manufacture a deal for Slay. Ahead of the trade deadline in 2019, the Seahawks were able to acquire Quandre Diggs from the Lions.
Once Diggs was traded, Slay voiced his displeasure with Detroit’s decision to send Diggs to Seattle. Following the Diggs trade, some believed that Slay was going to request a trade from the Lions.
Now, just a few months after Diggs is sent to the Seahawks, Slay could reunite with his former teammate for a contending team. A trade to the Seahawks would be one that Slay would definitely get on board with.