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Report: The Broncos are a leading contender for Darius Slay

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It looks like a move from Detroit to Denver or LA could be coming for the Lions cornerback.

According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, the Broncos and Los Angeles Rams are the most likely destinations for Detroit’s Darius Slay.

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I am told right now the two teams at the top of the pack to land Slay are the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are interesting considering they traded for Jalen Ramsey last year. The Broncos are expected to lose Chris Harris in free agency so Slay would slide right in.

The 29-year old Slay has made the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons. There have been reports that he’s looking for a new contract dating back to last year, which led to him missing offseason workouts with the team last summer. That and the Broncos’ own situation with Chris Harris Jr. led to talks about a potential swap leading up to the Trade Deadline in 2019.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Lions have been in talks with multiple teams about Slay, with Bob Quinn set on receiving a Day 2 pick in return.

As of now I’m lukewarm on the idea of giving up draft capital for a cornerback who will need a new deal. This isn’t meant as a knock on Slay, as he’s had some really promising moments in the tape I’ve studied to this point. Rather it’s the cost when Elway and the Broncos could save their draft picks and pursue a free agent corner like Byron Jones or James Bradberry in a month.

If the competition for Slay’s services are really between LA and the Broncos, it’s notable that the Rams do not have a first round pick in the 2020 draft. Their highest selection is 52 in the second round. After that they have 84, 126, 139, 141, 199, and 235.

Denver has five top 100 picks as of now. After the 15th pick in the first round, they pick at 46, 77, 83. and 95. If the race for Slay really is between LA and the Broncos, Elway should be able to secure Slay’s services.

One thing that I’m exploring now with Denver in the thick of all these rumors is how Slay will fit. The Broncos’ interest does seem to imply they value a corner who can match up on opposing WR1s, because Slay was asked to do that quite a bit by Matt Patrica. In the games I’ve watched so far he tends to follow his assignment regardless of their place in the formation. He also appears far better in off coverage.

What do you think Broncos Country?

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