The New York Giants currently have $6 million available in the payroll space, but could add more flexibility by cutting off the Darius Slayton wide receiver. Slayton is expected to earn $2.6 million this season, but the team will save $2.5 million by being released.
However, Slayton is one of the quickest recipients on the list after they let John Ross leave at free agency. Last season, Slayton scored 339 yards and two touchdowns, one of the only Giants receivers to make it to the end zone. His straight-line speed is an advantage for Brian Dabol and Mike Kavey, but he’s had big problems catching up with football the past few seasons.
In 2021, he scored career worst at 18.8%, losing six assists. He also gave up six passes in 2020 for a 10.7% drop. These numbers get worse over time, which may play a role in saving the giants a bit of money and investing in different options.
According to ESPN’s Goran Raanan, Slayton could be on the shortlist:
Slayton is entering the final season of his rookie deal, and there was at least some discussion about his transfer last year and this is off season. With the new system, his place looks uncertain, especially after spending the spring working so much with the second team, even with the top three wide receivers injured. It didn’t help that Slayton dropped some wide-open passes deep into the field during OTAs and minicamp. If the giants’ wide receiving corps is intact, they’ve got numbers. Jordan Raanan.
It’s okay to keep Slayton for 2022:
However, there is an argument to be made that Slayton is an essential part of the offensive with Daniel Jones under center.
Jones and Slayton arguably have the best chemistry on the offensive side, and throwing that reliability away from Jones could be a downside. The Giants can afford to keep Slayton for the final year of his rookie contract, but an extension may prove more difficult to justify.
The previous fifth-round pick outperformed his recruiting place, but dips are a serious problem that has hurt the team at times. At the very least, Slayton should scrap the rest of the Apprentice deal besides Jones.