Jacksonville Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell and Darius Slay go back and forth on social media

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay before Super Bow 57. Credit: Michael Chow/The Republic
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay before Super Bow 57. Credit: Michael Chow/The Republic / Michael Chow/The Republic

The Jacksonville Jaguars have focused on keeping their own players rather than signing others in free agency. However, they should consider deviating a bit from that approach and opening up the checkbook for Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, who is free to sign with any club he wants.

The Philadelphia Eagles gave Slay permission to seek a trade. before free agency. However, they couldn't find a partner and they're set to release the five-time Pro Bowl selection. Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell caught wind of the news and took to social media to share his reaction.

Campbell used the eye emoji to react to a message Slay had shared and Slay replied to Campbell's post with the same emotion. This doesn't mean Jacksonville will pursue Slay but it shows that Campbell is intrigued about the thought of potentially teaming up with Slay. Similarly, Jaguars legend Fred Taylor noted that Slay's hometown is just one hour away from Jacksonville and asked Campbell for his thoughts.

A second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2013, Slay was traded to the Eagles in 2020. He's coming off two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances and has logged seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and 29 passes defensed during his three-year stint in Philly. In Jacksonville, the Mississippi State product would round out a cornerback group that includes Campbell and Darious Williams.

Darius Slay would give the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary a huge boost

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently have $5.279 million in cap space after re-signing safety Andrew Wingard, so it's highly unlikely that they'll go after Slay or make any splash signing. Having said that, they shouldn't rule out bringing in Slay, as he would give their secondary a huge boost.

This year's cornerback class is stacked, so it makes sense for the Jags to wait until the 2023 NFL Draft to address the position. However, they could plug in Slay right off the bat, which would then leave them in a position to take the best player available with the No. 24 overall selection.

The only potential downside of signing Slay is that he's mostly lined up in the boundaries throughout his career and the Jaguars need a nickel cornerback, with Williams and Campbell slated to play in the perimeter. Then again, Slay saw ample time in the slot in 2018 and 2019, so he wouldn't be entering uncharted territory in Jacksonville.

Another thing to keep in mind is Slay's salary demands. Even though he's entering his 11th season, he's still going strong and isn't the kind of player that would sign for the minimum. While it's hard to see him getting a top-market contract, securing his services won't be cheap either. He will probably look for a contract that pays him at least $10 million, and the Jags might not be able to pay him that amount.

Even though Slay would be a great addition to the Jaguars' cornerback group and he would be welcome with open arms, the Jags are currently in a cap crunch and might not have the space to fit him into their budget. Nevertheless, that won't stop Campbell from thinking how cool it would be to play with him.

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