Star corner Slay reverses decision and signs two-year, $42million extension with the Eagles
It turns out that top cornerback Darius Slay is staying with the Philadelphia Eagles, after all.
Slay and the Eagles have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $42million, NFL Network reported Thursday. The deal will guarantee Slay $23m upon signing.
Keeping Slay is a major victory for the reigning NFC champions, especially after all signs had been pointing to his departure.
Last week, the Eagles gave Slay permission to seek a trade, although the five-time Pro Bowler publicly denied asking for it.
With potential trade talks stalled, NFL Network reported on Wednesday that the Eagles planned to release the 32-year-old.
On Wednesday morning, Slay tweeted, "Nothing but love Philly!! Lets see where we heading next.."
A mere 24 hours later, Slay was signed through the 2025 season. He announced his new decision on Twitter: "Back like I never left!!! Run it back."
Earlier this week, the Eagles re-signed fellow cornerback James Bradbury to a three-year, $38m contract as Philadelphia looks to keep together a core that was 14-3 last season and came up just short of a Super Bowl title.
Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox remain free agents from a defense that held opposing quarterbacks to an 81.6 passer rating, the lowest in the NFC.
A second-round draft pick in 2013, Slay played his first seven NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions before being traded to the Eagles.
In 151 career games, Slay has 26 interceptions and 133 passes defended.