STAY OR GO: The Cornerbacks

The 2020 season was the first time in a long time that the Eagles had an elite cornerback. However, they still had issues for whoever played opposite Darius Slay. With new Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon being a former Defensive Backs Coach, performances at the position should improve, but who will the Eagles keep and let go?


Darius Slay


Slay joined the Eagles last free agency via a trade with the Detroit Lions and played well for the most part. Slay allowed just two receivers to have 100 yards receiving with him covering them last season. He managed to keep the likes of Cooper Kupp, Jarvis Landry, and Chase Claypool in check. The lack of interceptions was a negative, but it is nice to have a corner that quarterbacks fear.


Verdict: STAY. Slay recently restructured his contract saving the team $8.65 million in cap space. He will be the team's leading corner heading into 2021.


Avonte Maddox


Maddox had his season cut short by injury, but it was a year he would like to forget. He struggled as the second cornerback for the most part and was picked on quite a bit. He also did not register an interception.


Verdict: STAY. The Eagles likely keep the former fourth-round pick for the final year of his rookie deal. He is cheap and has 35 games of NFL experience under his belt. It will be a big year for Maddox, who should either be played in the slot or moved to safety. His height played a part in his struggles, and he would be better suited to those two roles.


Cre'Von LeBlanc


'Strap' LeBlanc was waived before the season started, which caused uproar amongst Eagles fans. However, the cult hero from the 2018 playoff push had a below-par year and was placed on injured reserve following an ankle injury.


Verdict: GO. LeBlanc has always done okay in an Eagles uniform, but he is one of those players that can easily be replaced. The Eagles will look for other corners that better fit Gannon's system.


Nickell Robey Coleman


Robey-Coleman is famous for that no-call in the NFC Championship, which cost the New Orleans Saints a place in the Super Bowl. However, his tape as a slot corner was pretty impressive. For a cheap one-year-deal, this free agent pick-up looked a great one. Sadly like most of the Eagles 2020 season, it was not and NRC seriously disappointed.


Verdict: GO. The Eagles need to get younger and have to get rid of players that have not made a positive impact. Getting rid of Robey-Coleman does both. They can look to strengthen at cornerback in free agency and the draft.


Craig James