I thought we weren’t supposed to get attached to players and seek out what’s best for the team? And if that compensation is a late 1st rounder for a 29 year old player is that still a bad move?
I like Slay and I hope they can work out a deal. The fact that a new contract seems to be a part of the trade could be them just taking offers and gauging his market value. After a number is established, the hard work of getting a fair deal done is largely complete.
The thing that bothers me about this is that they don’t now know if Young is going to be there when they pick, so targeting Okudah given that possibility is depressing. How can you even think of trading down when the best player in the entire draft is on the board?
Of course, if Young is there they could grab him and then target a CB with their second pick, using the compensation for Slay to move up to nab him. You then have two premium positions on rookie deals.
This is the ugly side of the business, but Slay is 29 and missed 3 games last year, which could be a sign of things to come with an older player. Like I said, I hope they keep him, but they really should be looking at all of their options. And if multiple teams are in play, there could be an offer they can’t refuse on the table.