brkmsn Posted October 14, 2020 Share Posted October 14, 2020 Quote Darius Slay and Desmond King can be the Philadelphia Eagles’ future. In 2019, the Philadelphia Eagles had a chance to fix their secondary midseason by trading a third-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Chris Harris. Obviously, that didn’t happen; the Eagles deemed the price too high, lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round, and eventually surrendered a pair of picks to add arguably the second-best cornerback in the game, Darius Slay, from the Detroit Lions. And as for Harris? Well, he signed a three-year, $30 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Chargers at the tender age of 30, where he’d pair up with fellow 80s kid Casey Hayward in Anthony Lynn’s secondary. Initially, many assumed that Harris would play outside for the Chargers on the outside opposite Hayward, but much like in his final season in Denver, the four-time Pro Bowler eventually kicked back to his natural position in the slot, leading to fourth-year cornerback Michael Davis finally getting a chance to start full time. But you know what they say, when one player gets a chance, it has to come at the expense of someone else, and in this particular case, the player who suffered most from Harris’ addition and subsequent move into the slot was fourth-year defensive back, Desmond King. A fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2017, King rapidly found a consistent home on the field for the Chargers over his first three seasons with the club – playing an average of 699 defensive snaps per season. In 2018, the Chargers’ lone playoff appearance in the last half-decade, King had the second-highest rating of any cornerback in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus (90.4) en route to an appearance on the Associated Press’ first All-Pro team alongside Kyle Fuller and Stephon Gillmore. King finished out voting with 12 more votes than Harris (16 versus four) and earned more all-purpose DB votes than Jalen Ramsey, Kevin Byard, Jaire Alexander, Tyrann Mathieu, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Bryce Callahan combined. King was also named a second-team All-Pro as a punt returner, earning the second most votes behind only Tarik Cohen. Why is any of this relevant to the Philadelphia Eagles? Well, King and the Chargers’ relationship is fast deteriorating for the world to see on social media, with a midseason separation becoming more and more of a possibility. You see, between Harris’ addition and Derwin James suffering a season-ending injury, King was moved from slot cornerback to free safety, where he started in Week 1 before falling out of the starting lineup in favor of Delaware second-round pick Nasir Adderley. King still played in each subsequent game, a day after the team’s Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 25-year-old shot off a pair of tweets that set this whole string of speculation into action (check them out here). In Week 3, King’s playing time dropped even further, all the way down to 17 snaps. Had it not been for a Week 3 foot injury to Harris, King would all but certainly be relegated to a dime DB role; a role he will all but surely return to when Harris comes back later this season. With the Chargers now the not so proud owners of a 1-4 record in the devilishly competitive AFC West, general manager Tom Telesco may be willing to part with his ex-All Pro now over waiting to receive a compensatory pick for his services a few years down the line. If that’s the case – which our sister site, Bolt Beat believes to be so – Howie Roseman needs to get on the phone right now and lock up King’s services for the rest of the season. -->Link to full article It's an interesting idea. I figured we'd be "sellers" or stay put, but I'm sure Howie will be looking at a lot of possibilities anyway. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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