The Giants could end up trading veteran receiver at some point in 2024

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The New York Giants have made significant enhancements to their offensive lineup this offseason, with notable acquisitions aimed at boosting the team’s performance. One of the key moves was drafting Malik Nabers with the 6th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, adding a high-caliber player to their roster.

The Giants Could Shake Up The Wide Receiver Position

Last year, the Giants secured Jalin Hyatt in the third round, providing them with a speedy outside weapon. Hyatt is anticipated to eventually replace Darius Slayton, who has been one of the Giants’ top receivers since being drafted in 2019. Despite Slayton’s success, it appears this season may be his last with the Giants, as they have chosen not to offer him a contract extension.

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) gets ready to score a touchdown during a 24-point Giants first half, Sunday, January 7, 2024
Credit: Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK

This decision comes in light of the fact that players of similar caliber, like Gabe Davis, have secured deals around $13 million per season, indicating Slayton’s potential market value.

Given this context, the Giants are now facing a critical contract situation with Slayton. There is a strong possibility of trading him during the 2024 season, especially considering that the team is still in the process of rebuilding and realistically assessing their playoff prospects. Trading Slayton could be beneficial, much like their previous decision to move Leonard Williams for a second-round pick.

Last season, Slayton demonstrated his worth by catching 50 passes on 76 targets, amassing 769 yards and four touchdowns, establishing himself as a reliable deep threat who has continually improved his catching ability. His skills make him an attractive option for teams needing to bolster their receiving corps, particularly those with playoff ambitions.

Several potential playoff contenders could be interested in acquiring Slayton, including the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Los Angeles Chargers. The Buffalo Bills, in particular, appear to be a fitting destination. With Josh Allen in his prime and rookie Keon Coleman expected to play a significant role, the addition of a proven receiver like Slayton could be a strategic move to maximize their offensive capabilities.

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