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Thoughts on Raiders not getting cornerback Darius Slay

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What’s next for Las Vegas in the free agency circus?

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Darius Slay
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While many of you were sleeping, the RaidersDarius Slay dream died.

The Detroit Lions sent Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles early Thursday morning.

Let’s break it down in terms of what it means to the Raiders. By the way, I get the impression they really were never that close to making this deal despite Trayvon Mullen getting our hopes up on Twitter.

Trade terms: The Eagles sent Detroit third and fifth round picks. Sound familiar? That’s what the Raiders sent to Pittsburgh for Antonio Brown last season. Had the Raiders made the Slay trade, it would have brought their draft cache down to five picks, with their last pick coming in the fourth round. Yes, they would have gotten a No. 1 cornerback, but they would have been challenged in the draft.

The deal: Slay received $50 million for three years with $30 million in guaranteed money. At this point in free agency, it would have been a lot for the Raiders to absorb.

What’s next at cornerback: The Raiders struck out on Byron Jones, Chris Harris and now Slay. They did add Eli Apple, who is no sure bet to start opposite secondary player Trayvon Mullen. Here is a look at who the Raiders can look at in either free agency or the draft.

The moral of the story: Players don’t know anything their team is doing when they tweet each other.