The Philadelphia Eagles are allowing Darius Slay's agent Drew Rosenhaus to seek a trade for the cornerback, according to ESPN, but the Eagles are still hopeful that the 32-year-old will be with the team in 2023.
Slay is approaching the last year of his three-year, $50 million contract with a 2023 cap hit of a little over $26 million.
Last week on the Montgomery & Co. Podcast podcast, Slay expressed that he would like to remain on the Eagles, but he is not ruling other teams out.
"Of course I want an extension with the Eagles," he said. "I love the Eagles. They took another chance on me trading for me, and I panned out very well of course. But yeah, I love that money, so of course I'm going to be talking about it this offseason."
Slay says exploring other opportunities is standard for someone in his position, and went over how extensions impact the cap space. If it was not clear before, his comments make it obvious that Slay wants to get paid.
"That's everyone, that's we all do when we've got one year left on our deal," he explained. "We try to get the extension because it makes the cap low and then you get to start building around the team because once you're cap's too high, you can't add more players. So with me, with my cap that high, I'm sure they probably want to get it down, and the best way to get it down is to give me some money."
He concluded by sending some love to the City of Brotherly Love.
"I love Philly, man. I plan on staying on Philly, but if it don't happen, I know I got one year left here. I'd love to stay in Philly for sure," Slay said.
The cornerback started in all 17 games played last season, with 55 tackles, 14 pass deflections and three interceptions. His performance earned him a Pro Bowl selection, the fifth Pro Bowl selection of his career. He was not able to be present at the Pro Bowl however, and for good reason: he was preparing to play in the Super Bowl.
Slay and the Eagles are coming off a 38-35 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the big game. Slay had four tackles in his first Super Bowl appearance.
The Detroit Lions drafted Slay in the second round with the No. 36 overall pick in 2013. He stayed in Detoit through 2019 and joined the Eagles in 2020.