Pay cut gives Darius Slayton last chance to salvage Giants career

It was not an exorbitant quantity of money to pay to a younger veteran broad receiver, however it was an excessive amount of for the Giants to pay Darius Slayton, given his bottom-of-the-depth-chart standing on the roster.  And so, the 25-year-old has agreed to a pay cut that can preserve him on the group.

Slayton was scheduled to be paid a wage of $2.5 million and rely that a lot on the 2022 wage cap.  He will now be paid the veteran minimal wage of $965,000, saving the Giants $1.6 million on the cap. 

This isn’t a high-leverage saving in keeping with the restructure of defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ deal that slashed $12 million off the wage cap. It does permit Slayton to stick with the group that chosen him within the fifth spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft and to attempt to stand up the ladder at receiver.

Giants broad receiver Darius Slayton at coaching camp in August 2022.
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Slayton could have a chance to earn again his money if he hits sure incentives. Though, he could have to get on the sector to obtain these incentives. He is presently listed behind Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, Sterling Shepard, David Sills, and Richie James.  

As a rookie in 2019, Slayton was a pleasing shock, catching 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns, rising as a big-play menace for then-rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He had 50 receptions for 751 yards and three touchdowns in 2020 however fell into disfavor last season, as his taking part in time and manufacturing (26 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns) declined.

Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton makes a catch at training camp in August 2022.
Giants broad receiver Darius Slayton makes a catch at coaching camp in August 2022.
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There was minimal dialogue about buying and selling Slayton, who didn’t generate a lot curiosity across the league. Slayton does give the Giants an skilled participant at a position the place they aren’t precisely secure. Golladay had a sluggish summer time, Toney didn’t play within the preseason and missed follow time with knee and hamstring points. Meanwhile, Shepard is coming off surgical procedure to restore a torn Achilles tendon, and Sills has two career NFL receptions. Unlike James, Slayton isn’t a contributor on particular groups.

This transfer with Slayton gives the Giants about $6 million in salary-cap space heading into the season, money they are going to want to make roster and follow squad strikes.

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