Earlier in free-agency, it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles will release star cornerback Darius Slay due to their tight financial situation and inability to secure a new deal with the five-time Pro Bowler.
The team will later secure a new deal with Slay, however, before that move was made, the Baltimore Ravens had their sights set on signing him.
According to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, the Ravens had “significant interest” in Slay due to his pedigree and their need at the cornerback position.
The move would have also reunited Slay with coach Dennard Wilson, who left the Eagles this offseason to become the Ravens’ new secondary coach.
The Ravens’ interest in Slay comes as no surprise, given their current situation at cornerback. While they have Marlon Humphrey under contract through 2026, former starter Marcus Peters is currently a free agent. Peters had missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ligaments and failed to produce upon his return in 2022.
However, the Ravens’ pursuit of Slay was short-lived as he ultimately signed a two-year deal to remain with the Eagles. One day after reports emerged that he would be released, the NFC champions managed to keep the star cornerback on their roster.
The move was undoubtedly a relief for Eagles fans, who had been concerned about the team’s ability to maintain a competitive roster amid their financial struggles and certain defensive departures.
As for the Ravens, they will have to look elsewhere to shore up their cornerback position. While they have several options in the draft and free agency, the loss of Peters and the potential departure of other key players make the situation a top priority for the team this offseason.
Overall, the situation surrounding Darius Slay and the Baltimore Ravens serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the NFL offseason. While teams may have a plan in place, circumstances can quickly change, leaving them scrambling to adjust and make the best decisions for their rosters.