Summer has officially arrived and now everyone is waiting to see what tough decisions general manager Joe Schoen is going to make. It goes without saying, but one of the players who’s future is clear as mud is that of Darius Slayton. Slayton had high expectations with the team, but he took a big step back in 2021.
Now, it’s totally unknown if he’ll even suit up for the G-Men this fall. If you ask NY Giants insider Jordan Raanan, he thinks that Slayton has played his final game with the team. Raanan just dropped his projections for the Giants’ 53-man roster, and his ‘gut feeling’ is telling him that Schoen will either cut or trade him before Week 1 starts.
NY Giants WR Darius Slayton being cut won’t be a surprise at all
“Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard, Wan’Dale Robinson, Richie James, C.J. Board,” Raanan wrote on the WRs he thinks will make the roster. “Slayton is the obvious name missing here. Call it a gut feeling considering he doesn’t seem a favorite of the new regime. Perhaps he gets traded this summer.”
Slayton’s name has been floated around when it comes to trade rumors for quite some time. Giants fans would love a cornerback to make his way to East Rutherford if Schoen does deal him to a new team. The cornerback depth chart for the Giants is no question a big-time concern for this group heading into training camp.
Once late July arrives, the hope is that things will be settled on both sides of the ball and some depth for the secondary will be added. For Slayton, there’s a chance he ends up taking the field for Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, but the general feeling out there is that he could end up playing for a different organization as well.
This is all something Schoen needs to figure out as soon as possible. Slayton isn’t the only playmaker who has been mentioned as a possible trade target here, though, as Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay have also been linked with potential moves out of the NFC East. Either of those players leaving town feels like a long shot, however.
That’s not the case for Slayton. No one will be surprised if he’s either traded or released by the Giants in the coming weeks. For now, it’s all a wait and see for the Big Blue supporters on what happens with him.