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Darius Slay Trade Rumors: Raiders Still Interested in CB After Eli Apple Signing

Megan Armstrong

The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly agreed to terms with cornerback Eli Apple earlier Wednesday, but that doesn't mean they are done addressing the position in free agency.  

"The Raiders really wanted former Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones but got nudged out at the finish line when he landed with Miami, and league sources say they are kicking the tires on a possible trade for Lions corner Darius Slay," The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Wednesday night.

Slay was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions, with whom he has grown into an All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler. The 29-year-old has been clear about wanting a trade, most recently on Wednesday night:

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in mid-February that Detroit had checked in with "multiple teams" about a trade involving Slay, but the team was "adamant on value."

"Any team that trades for Slay would have to compensate Detroit and Slay with a new deal," he wrote.

Tafur provided more context along those lines:

"The Lions are said to be after a second-round pick, but the Raiders don't have one of those. They have two picks in the first round (Nos. 12 and 19) and three in the third, plus a starting guard, Gabe Jackson, who is due to make $9 million and a candidate to be moved. 

"A contract extension for Slay would have be a part of any potential trade and it is unknown how close to Jones’ deal it would take to make Slay happy."

Schefter reported on Monday that Jones' contract with the Dolphins will be a five-year, $82.5 million deal with $57 million guaranteed and $40 million paid out in the first two years.

Slay had a career year in 2017 with a league-leading eight interceptions and 26 passes defensed across 16 starts. Last season, the Mississippi State product played in 14 games and recorded two picks while dealing with a hamstring injury.

Speculation that Slay could be headed to the Raiders was fueled by banter with Trayvon Mullen, who he would presumably start alongside at cornerback, about a photo of the Oakland Coliseum on his Twitter profile:

Las Vegas has been active on the defensive market in free agency:

Slay would be the headlining get if a deal is made, though.

The Raiders ranked 25th in pass defense and 29th in interceptions last season.

   
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