With drama circulating over the weekend regarding New York Giants receiver Kadarius Toney, another wide-out could be on the trade market as we quickly approach the NFL draft on Thursday.
According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, the Giants have also been taking calls on Darius Slayton:
• Toney isn’t the only Giants receiver on the trading block. The team has also been shopping fourth-year receiver Darius Slayton, according to a source.
Trading Slayton is a lot more probable than parting ways with Toney, who would likely only return a mid-round selection after being drafted 20th overall in 2021. With red flags emerging regarding Toney’s work ethic, the expectation is that he will remain in East Rutherford for the foreseeable future, but Slayton’s time could be coming to an end if a team offers anything of value.
The more likely scenario is that Slayton is thrown in as part of a package deal, potentially with James Bradberry, who would save the Giants $11.7 million in salary space. General manager Joe Schoen has been working diligently to find a potential trade partner for Bradberry, despite speaking highly of him as a player and person during his most recent press conference.
Slayton, on the other hand, is coming off a down season with the Giants and entering his fourth year in the NFL. With his rookie contract preparing to end, Slayton tallied 339 yards last season after recording 751 in 2020. He posted just two touchdowns, earning five starts, down from 15 the year prior.
The biggest concern regarding Slayton is his drop rate, which hovered at 18.8% last year. His hands have progressively gotten worse over time, which is likely why the Giants view him as a liability rather than an asset at this point.
Considering Slayton was a fifth-round pick back in 2019, he may only garner a sixth-round selection for the Giants, but that’s one more swing of the bat for Schoen and Co.