The trade of Darius Slay, which was agreed upon on principle Thursday morning, will have some short and long-term implications for both the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL world was abuzz with analysis and opinions on the move from both team’s perspectives.
NFL Insider Adam Caplan believes the trade worked out well for both sides, with the Eagles getting a much-needed No. 1 cornerback, while the Lions got somewhat good value in return—a third and a fifth-round pick in 2020.
Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan gives the Eagles an A and the Lions a B-. SI.com’s Conor Orr is a little less generous to both teams, giving the Eagles a B- and the Lions a C+. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell also gives the edge to Philly: Eagles B, Lions C-.
As for the Lions’ compensation, the Eagles had two picks in the third and fifth round. The Lions are getting the better pick in each instance, leaving themselves with these draft picks following the Slay and the Duron Harmon trades.
Updated #Lions 2020 draft picks.— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) March 19, 2020
Round 1 - 3rd overall
Round 2 - 35th overall
Round 3 - 67th overall
Round 3 - 85th overall
Round 4 - 109th overall
Round 5 - 149th overall
Round 5 - 166th overall
Round 6 - 182nd overall
Round 7 - 235th overall
In addition to the draft picks, the Lions also get a fair share of cap relief because of the Slay trade. The Lions incur just $2.9 million in dead cap after moving the Pro Bowl cornerback, and get over $10 million in freed cap room. The Lions Wire’s Erik Schlitt has a nice breakdown of what Detroit’s cap situation looks like after the move. Long story short, the Lions still have around $12.1 million in spending money—and $32 million in total cap room.
Meanwhile, just about every defensive back the NFL has ever seen went to Twitter and congratulated Slay for his new record-breaking contract, defending him against anyone questioning his talent after a “down” year.
This is just Stupid! All I do is watch wide receiver and corner back tape!!! In my humble opinion slay is top 5 easily. It’s a different world playing PRESS on a teams #1 wideout each week. BAG MAN!!! ✊ https://t.co/UxHgBNRS11— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) March 19, 2020
There’s much, much more. Just check out Slay’s Twitter account.
And in case you still think Slay’s 2019 season was a huge failure, this is a good reminder of just how impactful he was—and can still be:
Darius Slay shadows in 2019 pic.twitter.com/hJpzo0NWvo— Jeff Ratcliffe (@JeffRatcliffe) March 19, 2020
And, finally, here is Slay’s goodbye via Instagram:
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DETROIT!!!!...man I can’t thank y’all enough!!! It’s been real. To the fans, Former teammates, the Lions Coaches & Staff, I appreciate all you guys to the fullest. Since I got drafted to Detroit, the city has shown nothing but love & respect, imma really miss pulling up to all the high school games here in Detroit & showing y’all love., I can’t thank y’all enough. Big Play will always love the fans! To my New eagles fans, ya boii is READY!!! Playing for Kobe’s favorite NFL team is a dream come true. Man it’s truly a blessing. Time to get to work & show the city what we can do!!!! PHILLY WASSSSS GOOD!!!! #EAGLES #FLYHIGH