This Ravens-Giants trade gets Darius Slayton out of New York

NY Giants, Darius Slayton. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NY Giants, Darius Slayton. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The NY Giants have made some big-name additions to their wide receiver room in recent campaigns, leaving Darius Slayton on the outside looking in when it comes to playing time in 2022. After a disappointing 2021 season, very few will likely find fault in New York for this decision.

Slayton went from a promising young deep threat to someone with a debilitating case of the drops. While he struggled with injuries, Slayton saw his catches and yardage essentially cut in half after adding names like the speedy Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay.

The Giants could end up cutting Slayton without anyone in the fanbase objecting. However, they should exhaust all of the trade possibilities for admitting defeat. One AFC North contender that has found receiver depth to be an issue for years might be in desperate need of some extra speed on the perimeter.

The Baltimore Ravens might be willing to indulge Joe Schoen and pull off a potential deal. Still soldiering on in their never-ending quest to get Lamar Jackson some quality receivers, the Ravens can see if there is a chance Slayton gets back to the form he showcased early in his career.

Can the New York Giants trade Darius Slayton to Baltimore?

Slayton did top 700 yards receiving in each of the prior two seasons despite some horrid offensive lines and inconsistent quarterback play. His speed is still real, and that could be one way that Baltimore takes advantage of Jackson’s exceptional downfield accuracy.

The biggest issue that Slayton needs to overcome is drops. At one point last year, Slayton dropped two of every nine passes thrown his way. The Giants appear to be moving closer toward winning, so they can’t spend all that time trying to fix Slayton’s most significant issue.

Rather than cutting him, the Giants would be better off waiting until the preseason ramps up and some team inevitably loses some contributors. Not only could it drive the trade price up, but it’s better than just eating what’s left of Slayton’s value and throwing him to the wolves for free.

Baltimore might decide to flip some draft capital for someone that has already shown he can be an excellent deep threat in the right scheme. If the Giants end up getting a role player in any context in exchange for Slayton, who just needs a change of scenery, that’s a win for Schoen.