Darius Slay ‘Almost’ Signed With Ravens Before New Eagles Contract

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FILE - Philadelphia Eagles' Darius Slay walks the field before the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles have informed five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay that he will be released Wednesday, March 15, 2023, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
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Darius Slay was “this close” to signing with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

“I was almost — this close — a Baltimore Raven,” Slay said on his podcast this week. “I was this close. This close.”

“But I wanted to be an Eagle, I stayed an Eagle, because I know me and [Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman] were going to figure something out. But the Baltimore Ravens were the first team that called, and they offered just what I wanted, and I just said, if the Eagles do that, I’m going to stay an Eagle. It was nice. I almost was a Raven.”

The five-time Pro Bowl corner was granted permission by the Philadelphia Eagles in early March to seek a trade ahead of his final contract year. If a trade wasn’t made, Slay would be released, which would save the Eagles approximately $17.5 million in 2023.

Neither happened; the Eagles instead signed Slay to a new contract that runs through 2025.

Darius Slay Contract

Slay signed a three-year, $42-million with $24.5 million guaranteed at signing.

In 2023, he’s due a base salary of $1,165,000 and has a cap hit of $11,813,000 million.

Slay’s dead cap hit is approximately $35.1 million next year and $24.1 million in 2025.

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