Should The New York Giants Explore A Trade For Darius Slay?

The NFL offseason is in full swing with trade and free agent rumors beginning to heat up. Players and teams are preparing to part ways via trades and free agency, and a couple of big names are on the trade block already. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have been shopping star cornerback Darius Slay.

Darius Slay has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for the past few years. The Giants have had a weak secondary recently and have been making an effort to upgrade (such as drafting three defensive backs in the 2020 NFL Draft). Should the New York Giants get involved in trade talks for Darius Slay?

Darius Slay Trade Rumors

The Detroit Lions have to pay Darius Slay $13,368,750 in 2020 according to Spotrac. Slay is 29 years old and has one year left on his contract. Detroit seems ready to move on from Slay but wants to get something in return before he walks away fr nothing as a free agent in 2021.

The Giants could get in no the Darius Slay trade rumors, however, there will be a lot of competition. The Lions have already discussed a trade with “multiple teams” according to Adam Schefter. Whatever team trades for Darius Slay will have to be ready to pay him. He only has one year left on his current deal and desires a contract extension. The Giants have the money to pay him, but do they have the assets to trade for him?

Darius Slay Stats And Highlights

Darius “Big Play” Slay has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. He was selected to be a First-Team All-Pro in 2017. In that 2017 season, Slay had a phenomenal performance recording 8 interceptions and 26 passes defended. He has not been quite on that level over the past two seasons, but he has still been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

In 2018, Slay recorded 3 interceptions and 17 passes defended. This season, Darius took a step back as he was dealing with injuries. He played in 14 games, totaling 2 interceptions and 13 passes defended.

Darius Slay was targeted in coverage 93 times in 2018 and 94 times in 2019. In 2018, he allowed a completion percentage of 46.8% for 520 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2019, Slay allowed a completion percentage of 55.9% for 694 yards and 3 touchdowns. This step backward could signal that age is getting to Darius. But either way, he is still a highly efficient cornerback and would be a major upgrade in the secondary for most teams in the league.

New York Giants Will Face Lions Without Their Best Defender

The New York Giants are heading into a week eight matchup against the Detroit Lions with a measly 2-5 record. Both teams are coming off of disappointing losses in week seven.

In this matchup, both teams will also be without key impact players due to injury. Two players that would have been matched up with each other. The New York Giants will be without Sterling Shepard as he is still dealing with his second concussion of the season. On the other hand, the Detroit Lions will be without their star cornerback, Darius Slay.

Slay is a two-time Pro Bowl-selected player, and was once a First-Team All-Pro. The Lions’ defense will miss him greatly, but fortunately for Detroit, and unfortunately for New York, Darius Slay’s replacement is playing great football so far this season.

How Good Has Justin Coleman Been?

Justin Coleman is the Detroit Lions’ slot cornerback and he has been playing at an All-Pro level so far this season. Detroit signed Coleman to a four-year, $36 million contract this offseason and he has lived up to the deal so far.

Coleman plays the nickel corner position, which means he will be guarding the Giants’ slot receiver. The Giants’ starter in the slot is their primary receiver, Golden Tate. Golden Tate will be guarded by Justin Coleman, giving Golden a tough matchup this Sunday.

Coleman has been making plays on the ball at a consistent rate this season. He has already recorded 9 pass breakups this year through only 7 games, 1 breakup shy of his career-high mark of 10 breakups in the entire 2018 season. Check out this impressive, touchdown-saving pass breakup by Coleman against the Chiefs:

Justin Coleman has been the Lions’ best player on defense this season. He is posting an impressive Pro Football Focus score of 74.5, which ranks 16th of all cornerbacks in the NFL and top-ten for all slot cornerbacks in the league. The Giants are going to have a tough time working the ball to Golden Tate when Justin Coleman is lurking around.