The Giants’ secondary was young and left plenty to be desired in 2019. But could help be on the way?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions have placed cornerback Darius Slay on the trade block and have talked to “multiple teams” about dealing the All-Pro defender. Could the Giants be one of those teams?
So far, the Giants have yet to be connected to a deal for Slay, but one thing to consider, like any trade scenario, would be the compensation.
Slay would certainly be the team’s No. 1 cornerback, however, the 29-year-old indicated on social media recently that he’s looking to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. The Giants do have the seventh-most salary cap space this offseason, near $61.3 million, according to Spotrac, but a figure north of $15-16 million per season on one player is a bold move for any team. Plus, Slay isn’t a free agent, the Giants would have to trade assets to get Slay, then sign him to an extension.
During Slay’s mentioned social media campaign for a huge contract, Giants receiver Darius Slayton did his due diligence for his team and suggested the Giants sign the defender who has a similar name to his. Off the field it might be tough, but it’s hard to argue Slay wouldn’t help on the field, which is what Slayton cares about the most.
The Giants’ secondary allowed the fifth-most yards per game last season, 264.1. Pro Football Focus was even tougher on the G-men, as the football analytics outlet ranked the grouping the third-worst secondary in the NFL in 2019. PFF also tabs Slay as the fifth-best cornerback in the league since 2014.
Adding Slay would take the pressure off younger players such as DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal, but the most cost-efficient idea for the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman would be to hope a full offseason and pro season under their belts would help the young players improve on their own.
Plenty for Gettleman to consider.