Darius Slayton skipping Giants spring workouts, seeking new contract

The Giants need a true No. 1 target and believe they don’t have any of those players on their current roster, which is why the Giants will use the No. 6 overall pick in next week’s draft to select a wide receiver. The possibility of doing so is certainly high.

Darius Slayton, the receiver who’s been on the team longer than anyone, has had a number of young players at his position over the years, but if the Giants go in that direction, it’s likely he’ll be close to this particular rookie. I don’t know yet if it’s there or not.

Slayton did not participate in an offseason workout program and has been sidelined as he seeks a new contract. According to ESPN.

Darius Slayton scored a touchdown in the first half of the Giants’ 27-10 win over the Eagles last season. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

Slayton, 27, is in the second year of a two-year, $12 million contract he signed before the 2023 season.

He was recently paid a $2.6 million bonus, and his base salary in 2024 will be $2.5 million.

Now that Saquon Barkley has joined the Eagles, Slayton joins Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence in the 2019 draft, making him one of the Giants’ longest-tenured players.

He has been through ups and downs in a career that has seen him compete for playing time and lead the team in receiving yards in four of the past five seasons.

In four of his five seasons, he was surprisingly consistent, with catches ranging from 46 to 50 and receiving yards ranging from 724 to 770. In 2023, he tied Barkley for the team lead with four touchdown receptions.

Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Initially, he wasn’t impressed with the new regime of general manager Joe Schon and head coach Brian Daboll, and didn’t have a healthy showing in the 2022 season opener.

Gradually, he started appearing on the field, playing more minutes and earning a new contract after that season.

Slayton is a veteran on the same team as Wan’Dale Robinson, who is in his third year with the Giants, and Jarrin Hiatt, who is in his second year.

If Malik Nabors or Roman Odunze are named to the Giants’ lineup next Thursday night, and one of them gets the pick, Slayton’s role in the offense could be significantly reduced.