Seahawks trade target: Cornerback Darius Slay
Darius Slay has indicated that he’s ready to leave Detroit in search of a big contract. The Seattle Seahawks could be the ultimate landing spot for him.
It looks like Darius Slay‘s time in Detroit has come to an end. The cornerback isn’t due to hit free agency until next year but the Lions are looking to trade Slay after contract negotiations hit a stalemate. The Seahawks might just be the place for him, though.
Slay and his cryptic tweets indicate he’s ready to leave Detroit in search of a big contract. Seattle, who need help at cornerback, could be the ultimate landing spot for him. The Seahawks are always in playoff consideration and Slay has only seen the playoffs twice in his career, losing in the wildcard round both times.
A Fit for the Seahawks
The Seahawks have been trying to piece back together their secondary since the demise of the Legion of Boom and even managed to draft drafted some good pieces in Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers.
Seattle also traded for Slay’s pal and [former] teammate, Quandre Diggs about midway through last season. Diggs, a who converted from cornerback to safety in 2017, was a great addition to the Seahawks secondary and had three interceptions in five games.
Slay could easily find the same success in Seattle as well and Seattle will have plenty of salary cap (about $60 million in 2020 according to Spotrac) to trade for and sign Slay to a new contract.
A Big Need
Shaquill Griffin had a strong season for the Seahawks in 2019. He was targeted 77 times and allowed a completion percentage of only 57.1%. But on the opposite side of the field, Tre Flowers saw a bit of a sophomore slump even with three interceptions on the season.
Aside from not having the perfect starting lineup, depth has also been a big issue for the Seahawk’s secondary. If Seattle can add Slay to the roster, they will see a big turn around with the secondary with Slay, Griffin, Flowers, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, and Bradley McDougald.
What Will it Take for the Seahawks to get Slay
Coming off three Pro Bowl seasons in a row, Slay is still one of the best corners in the league. The only question is how much would it take to trade for him. Adam Schefter tweeted that Detroit was “adamant on value” but didn’t go any further to say what that value was.
Detroit is in a bit of a rebuild mode and will likely be looking at draft picks for compensation. Currently, Seattle has six draft picks in the 2020 draft but had yet to be awarded any compensatory picks.
Hopefully, the Seahawks can get the deal done. Maybe that means no Tre Flowers, but it might mean more long-term success in Seattle. All 12s can hope for that.