NY Giants cutting Darius Slayton feels more likely after new WR signing

Darius Slayton, NY Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Darius Slayton, NY Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Throughout the entire offseason, there has speculation as to whether or not the NY Giants would decide to release or trade wide receiver Darius Slayton. He’s been incredibly inconsistent for the G-Men and drops have been an issue. Leading up to Week 1, there’s going to be even more talks about him getting cut, especially after New York just signed a new wideout.

The team announced that they reached an agreement with young wide receiver Keelan Doss. Doss was at the Giants minicamp on a tryout basis, and he clearly did more than enough to impress general manager Joe Schoen. Now, Doss will look to keep things going at training camp and earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

NY Giants sign Keelan Doss and could part ways with Darius Slayton

Doss isn’t a sexy signing by any means, as he previously spent two seasons with the Raiders and only appeared in nine games. During those contests, the new Giants WR hauled in 11 receptions for 133 yards and no touchdowns. That’s nothing to write home about there, but he looked strong at Giants camp, so the team has decided to give him a shot.

Keep in mind that Schoen and Co. also brought in wide receiver Isaiah Ford for a tryout during camp. Ford spent the previous four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, catching 63 balls for 682 yards and two scores. As of now, he and the Giants haven’t been able to reach any kind of an agreement.

What does this all mean for Slayton? For now, nothing. However, the fact that the Giants signed Doss to his new deal really does open the door for a tough decision to come in the near future. Slayton has a cap hit of more than $2.5 million for this season and he’s all set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.

It doesn’t feel like he’s got a long-term future with the team and the issues we mentioned above – including his inconsistent play – could make it an easier call for Schoen to let him go. The decision is made simpler knowing it will create some needed cap space, plus the fact that Doss is now with the team as well.

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Slayton would be entering his fourth season with the Giants if he makes the roster come Week 1. Last year was a nightmare for him, however, as he posted 26 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Everyone figured Slayton to take a big leap in Year 3, but the opposite was the case. It’s up in the air if he’ll have a shot at redemption with the Giants in 2022 or not.