The Philadelphia Eagles are set to part ways with five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, according to multiple reports.
The Eagles and Slay had been trying to come to an agreement on a restructured contract after the team gave its agent permission to pursue a potential trade.
Since the two sides were unable to reach an agreement, the Eagles are releasing the five-time Pro Bowler. The 32-year-old had one year left on his three-year, $50 million contract, but he had no guaranteed money in the deal.
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According to Spotrac, Slay was slated to earn a base salary of $17 million in 2023 capped at more than $26 million if he stayed in Philadelphia.
Slay tweeted his farewell to Philly on Wednesday morning: «Nothing but love Philly! Let’s see where we go next…»
Slay spent the last three seasons with the Eagles after the Lions traded him to Philadelphia. Detroit received a third and fifth round draft in exchange for Slay.
In three seasons in Philadelphia, Slay recorded seven interceptions and 166 tackles.
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He has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past two seasons. He was a key part of the Eagles’ defense last year and recorded three interceptions during the 2022 season.
The Eagles had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, helping lead the team to an NFC best 14 regular season wins.
After appearing in Super Bowl LVII, Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office are working to retain as many free agents as possible.
As of Wednesday, the team managed to re-sign starting cornerback James Bradberry and defensive end Brandon Graham.
However, the defensive staff will inevitably look drastically different when the 2023 season begins. Starting defensive tackle Javon Hargrave has left for the 49ers and has agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract with San Francisco, Ian Rapoport, an insider for San Francisco, reported Monday. NFL Network.
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Meanwhile, linebacker TJ Edwards signed with the Bears, safety Marcus Epps agreed to sign with the Raiders, and linebacker Kyzir White decided to join the Cardinals.
Eagles veteran defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson remain free agents.