Earlier this month, Darius Slay praised Terry McLaurin, calling him the most difficult receiver he had to cover in 2019 outside of Keenan Allen.
Well, Slay and McLaurin should have plenty more opportunities to meet in the future.
On Thursday, the Eagles acquired Slay in a trade with the Lions. In exchange for the three-time Pro Bowler, Philadelphia will give Detroit a third- and a fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
That's not the end of the swap, though. The Eagles then immediately signed Slay to a three-year, $50 million extension that made him the game's highest-paid corner. Not a bad few hours for him, huh?
Typically, what's good news for the Eagles is bad news for the Redskins. That absolutely applies here.
Slay broke out in 2017 with a monster year, where he led the league in interceptions with eight and broke up a ridiculous 26 passes. Those numbers (understandably) dipped in 2018 and 2019, but he's still a lockdown cover guy and major trouble for opposing offenses. Now, he's in Washington's division.
That's on top of the Giants signing James Bradberry earlier this week, by the way.
As long as Philly uses him right — D-coordinator Jim Schwartz was coaching the Lions when the franchise drafted him, so he should be familiar with the DB's strengths — their defense just got a lot better. McLaurin, Steven Sims, Dwayne Haskins and others better be ready for the challenge when they eventually face Slay this year.
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