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REPORT: Los Angeles Rams at the top of the pack to acquire Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay

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How? Don’t doubt Les Snead, that’s how.

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Just when you thought the Los Angeles Rams were stationary because General Manager Les Snead’s hands were tied due to a lack of salary cap space and draft assets, a nuke drops. According to a plugged-in NFL Insider from Pro Football Network in Tony Pauline, the Rams and Denver Broncos “are at the top of the pack” to land Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay:

Here’s the full quote:

Where is Darius Slay most likely to land?

I am told right now the two teams at the top of the pack to land Slay are the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams are interesting considering they traded for Jalen Ramsey last year. The Broncos are expected to lose Chris Harris in free agency so Slay would slide right in.

Slay is a seven-year veteran with three pro bowl nods and one First-Team All-Pro award in his career. The 29-year-old is one of the best and most productive cornerbacks in football, totaling 19 interceptions and 104 pass deflections in his career.

Slay only allowed a 55.9% completion percentage in his coverage this season, surrendering a total of 694 yards and three touchdowns.

The Lions are actively shopping Slay due to his contract concerns. Slay is entering the final year of his five-year extension, and is slated to cost $13.368m against the cap in 2020, his final year under contract.

It’s hard to see how the Rams and Snead pull this one off with no first round pick in the next two drafts, as well as a lack of current cap space ($20m), but, you never really know when it comes to Les Snead and his co-workers.