Run It Back!
Slay Return Keeps CB Tandem Intact, Helps Birds '23 Cap
Darius Slay, once viewed as gone, isn’t just still with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s also a little wealthier.
But the Eagles also gained as the two sides reportedly reached a new deal Thursday night for the five-time Pro Bowl corner, who signed an extension worth $42 million with $23 million guaranteed, per ESPN.
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
Slay, who turned 32 in January, was slated to make $17 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2023, the last year of his deal.
The new accord adds just $6 million in new money, but the extension allows the Eagles to backload the deal, theoretically lowering Slay’s cap number in 2023 as the Eagles could use more cap space this coming season for any additional free-agent signings or extensions.
There’s still a chance that free-agent safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson can return to the team and it’s likely that quarterback Jalen Hurts will earn a mega-extension at some point before the season.
Despite some major losses in free agency on defense, the Eagles held onto Slay’s counterpart Wednesday by re-signing James Bradberry to a three-year deal, ensuring the Eagles would keep their cornerback tandem intact into the near future after finishing with the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense in 2022 en route to the Super Bowl.
They also added, reportedly agreeing on a deal with free-agent cornerback Greedy Williams, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Williams, a 2019 second-round pick of the Browns whose athletic traits coming out of LSU made him one of the top cornerback prospects in his class, has seen his pro career derailed by injuries.
He missed all of 2020 with a shoulder injury and played just 11 games in 2022, starting one. He has 23 career starts in four seasons.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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