Let’s get a fusion of basketball and football. Here’s the player who would have the same impact on the Arizona Cardinals as acquiring Kevin Durant in the NBA.
Yes, this is still an Arizona Cardinals site. But why not run a parallel universe and see what player in the NFL would change the team dramatically for the better? The Arizona Cardinals are really good at trades, thanks to Steve Keim.
The Cardinals have lost a few pieces due to free agency, but who would be their Kevin Durant that would push them over the top (especially over those pesky Los Angeles Rams)?
That player would be the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Slay made an appearance in a trade article I wrote earlier this summer after the passing of Jeff Gladney. After seven years with the Detroit Lions, where he intercepted 19 passes, Slay escaped “Matt Patricia-Land” and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020.
Darius Slay would be the Arizona Cardinals’ Kevin Durant trade piece.
Slay’s had three Pro Bowl seasons in the last four years, and the only time he didn’t make the Pro Bowl was 2020- but that was the time when the world got turned upside down, so can you blame him?
The Eagles wouldn’t let him slip for a cheap price. So how about this potential trade offer?
The Eagles get safety help in return for their top cornerback coming to the desert (they have Tay Gowan anyways *semi-sarcastic point here*). Anthony Harris and K’Von Wallace don’t seem to be the answer, and most Eagles fans would be happy to have Thompson.
Thompson goes because the safety position outside of Budda Baker is fine. Deionte Thompson is just as good, and if the Arizona Cardinals would bring back Chris Banjo to back him up, they’d be set.
The Eagles also need a running back, and Darrel Williams would have a legitimate shot at being the starter. However, miles Sanders has too many “Miles” on his legs and often gets hurt- opening the door for Williams.
Arizona takes their chances with Eno Benjamin (finally), and all parties are happy. Don’t worry about the draft picks either; Steve Keim can’t draft a first-round pick outside of Kyler Murray and Isaiah Simmons, for crying out loud.
The Arizona Cardinals need to go and their Kevin Durant (leaving the team for a championship team not included).