The Detroit Lions, fresh off a miserable season in which Matthew Stafford's injury knee-capped them, seem determined to hit the reset button on defense. They are reportedly shopping cornerback Darius Slay, who leads the league in passes defended since 2015. Slay has made three straight Pro Bowls, and would be an excellent fit in almost any defensive scheme. These four teams, however, would be exceedingly ideal landing spots for the sticky cover corner.
4. New York Jets
Trumaine Johnson, expected to be cut two years into his five-year, $72 million deal with the Jets, will go down as one of the biggest wastes of money in recent NFL memory. The Jets went 7-9 last season, led by an excellent defense that was making plays with practice squad guys like Nate Hairston and rookies like Blessaun Austin at cornerback. The addition of Slay, along with the return of CJ Mosley and continued excellent of Jamal Adams, could make Gregg Williams' D a top unit in the league.
3. Houston Texans
The Texans' secondary just didn't have the same teeth that it did when Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu were roaming the defensive backfield. Bradley Roby was fine, but wildly inconsistent, while Johnathan Joseph started to look every bit of 35 years old. Bill O'Brien and the Texans clearly have no qualms about trading draft picks, and they could send all two picks they have left this decade to the Lions for a lockdown corner and turnover-forcing machine of Slay's caliber.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
Everyone wants to point the finger at the wide receiver corps as the main reason the Eagles disappointed last season, but corners like Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills couldn't cover me if we were in a phone booth. The Eagles have more than enough draft capital to entice the Lions into a potential trade, and reuniting Slay with his former head coach Jim Schwartz would give Philly their first shutdown corner in a good while. This move could make them the favorites to repeat in the NFC East.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs face a pivotal offseason, as stud cornerback Kendall Fuller, who picked off Jimmy Garoppolo to seal a Super Bowl LIV win for Kansas City, is scheduled to hit the open market. Why not replace a terrific young corner that can lay outside or in the slot with an upgraded version in Slay? If the Chiefs had one area of weakness last year, it was a secondary that was firmly in the "average to above average" camp. The arrival of Slay could change all of that.