The Giants may be confident in their extremely young secondary, but GM Dave Gettleman should be looking around for a veteran cornerback to balance out that group heading into the new season.
And Giants WR Darius Slayton is trying to help him out.
Lions CB Darius Slay is in his final year with Detroit before coming a free agent in 2021, and he has made it quite clear that he wants to be the highest-paid corner in the league. Over the weekend, he responded to a suggestion from a Lions writer that said he would receive an extension that would pay out around $15-16 million per season -- that would make him the highest-paid.
However, Slay commented back saying "Y'all numer to low lol." Then, he responded to a fan that said he wasn't worth that money, and suggested a four-year extension worth $32 million. Slay's response?
I will for sure leave lol https://t.co/XurFCyoLeA- Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) February 10, 2020
Well, that's when Slayton, the Giants breakout rookie this past season, stepped up to remind him that his team had tons of cap room (though it isn't the highest like he said).
We have the most cap room in the league *cough cough* 👀 https://t.co/SeulPrzfqf- Darius Slayton (@Young_Slay2) February 11, 2020
The young Slayton doesn't care that he only has one full season under his belt when trying to recruit a seven-year NFL veteran. But he wants to help his team, and Slay is one of the best corners in the game right now as is testament to his second Pro Bowl bid this past season.
Slay had 13 passes defended with 46 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery over 14 games in 2019. His best season came in 2017 when he had eight interceptions to lead the NFL and 26 passes defended, which earned him a First Team All-Pro selection as well.
Integrated into the Giants' defense, Slay would immediately become the No. 1 corner. Right now, that title goes to DeAndre Baker, and he had a shaky rookie season that saw a lot to be desired. Sam Beal is the expected No. 2, and Corey Ballentine would be the slot corner. All three of them were rookies last season, if you count Beal missing the entire 2018 season with a shoulder injury.
But, though Slayton is going on Twitter to recruit in good faith, it really wouldn't make sense for the Giants. First of all, they'd have to trade for Slay, which is what they did with the Jets and Leonard Williams last season and he still isn't re-signed. Not sure Gettleman will want to give up draft capital for that situation again.
Also, shelling out that much money when there are many other needs on the team (offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, etc.) may not be a smart move. The Giants need to disperse that cash smartly to help all units out.
So I wouldn't these two players with very similar names to be teammates this season, or even in the future. But, hey, it doesn't hurt to try.