To say that Darius Slayton's career has been unimpressive could be a bit of an understatement. The four-year pro has failed to establish himself as a steady contributor for the New York Giants and was tangled up in multiple trade rumors throughout the offseason.
To be fair, the Giants' offense has looked terrible as a whole since he arrived in the Big Apple, so some believe he could still turn out to be a serviceable player somewhere else.
Slayton Takes Pay Cut But Could Still Be Traded
Slayton made one final attempt to salvage his career with the Giants by taking a significant pay cut just a couple of days ago. He knew he could be cut or traded at any time before this move:
The receiver dropped his salary from $2.54 million to the league minimum ($965,000), NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo confirmed Wednesday, per a source informed of the situation, wrote Kevin Paltra of NFL.com Tom Rock of Newsday first reported the news. The move saves the Giants around $1.6 million in salary cap space. Slayton can earn some of the money back through playtime incentives.
But what if he continues to struggle or the Giants underperform early in the season? In that case, he could still be on the move, and we'll list the only three teams that could make sense for him.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers lost their top two receivers in the offseason. And even though there's no such thing as replacing Davante Adams, at least they have to try.
Aaron Rodgers wasn't satisfied with his wideouts during the preseason, and it's not like they have any star who's not at risk of losing his job. The Packers could be in the mix for any available WR right now.
The Chicago Bears want to put Justin Fields in a position to succeed, or so they say. To do so, fixing that dreadful offensive line should be their top priority, but it seems like they feel like their WR corps is the problem.
Cole Kmet could have a breakout season, and Darnell Mooney is quite gifted, but adding another big-play threat could also help.
The Jacksonville Jaguars should look better under Doug Pederson, but they still won't be perfect, especially with such limited depth on their receiving corps. They're clearly unsatisfied with their WRs after cutting Laquon Treadwell and trading Laviska Shenault, so they're a name to look out for in the wideout market.
Trevor Lawrence thrived with speedsters during his time at Clemson, so Slayton might as well be just what he needs to feel right at home and take a step forward.