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NFL Rumors: Packers All-Pro Pitch to Join Eagles?

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Darius Slay says a lot of funny things on Twitter. The Philadelphia Eagles star admitted he jokes half the time, but people still hang on to his every word. Charming, funny, and down-to-earth, Slay is arguably the best cornerback in football.

Slay recently had a nice back-and-forth with All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams, who is set to become a free agent in 2022. The expectation remains that the Green Bay Packers will give him a lucrative contract extension – Pro Football Focus predicted $93 million over four years – but nothing is stopping him from going to the open market. Especially if Aaron Rodgers left Wisconsin.

Adams rushed over defend Slay on Twitter The other day when the corner complained about not being selected to the All-Pro team. Slay received only one vote, while Atlanta’s AJ Terrell received eight. The starters of this year’s All-Pro team are highly competitive: Jalen Ramsey (Los Angeles), Trevon Diggs (Dallas).

But Slay certainly has a justifiable reproach for not depriving Terrell of second-team honor. JC Jackson of New England was the other second team pick. Diggs leads the NFL with 11 picks; Jackson is in second place with eight.

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Slay and Adams have been fighting each other since 2014 when they faced each other twice a year at the NFC North. Adams joined the Packers that year while Slay was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2013. The two star players have forged a nice friendship over the years while continuing to be fierce competitors.

Adams walked away for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches in 2020 when the Eagles and Packers met in Week 13. Slay was with him half the game and took responsibility for letting him eat. After the game, he only had kind words to say about Adams. Ditto for Adams, who praised Slay before their matchup.

“Slay is a great player,” Adams told reporters via The Athletic. “He’s been doing it at a high level for a very long time. I have great respect for him.”

Adams has said he wants to be paid in line with the top receivers in the NFL. It’s hard to dispute his accomplishment: 5,310 yards on 432 receptions with 47 touchdowns over the past four years — and that includes nine missed games. One could argue that he is the best receiver in football.

The Packers will do everything in their power to keep Adams. However, Green Bay’s cap situation is tricky — one of the five worst in the NFL, according to NFL Trade Rumors — as they have $46 million in the hole and must decide what to do with Rodgers before anything else.

If they don’t renew him, he’ll likely enter the free hand and go again in 2023. The Packers could put the roughly $20 million franchise tag on Adams, but he won’t like it. He will point to the $27 million deal signed by Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have their own cap issues with $13.6 million projected area in 2022. They can easily make extra cash by trading Andre Dillard ($2.2 million) and Brandon Brooks ( $13.5 million) and then let Derek Barnett run free ($7.2 million in dead cap). And never shut out Eagles general manager Howie Roseman as he moves money through expansions and reorganizations.

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