Darius Slay reveals how he ‘nearly’ joined Ravens before last-minute Eagles return

Slay was poised to be a Raven until Dom DiSandro rang him up and convinced him to stay.

Darius Slay reveals how he ‘nearly’ joined Ravens before last-minute Eagles return

Darius Slay and Dom DiSandro (via IMAGO)

The Baltimore Ravens lost one of their key defensive players this off-season in Patrick Queen. The team has a great cornerback room in Marlon Humphrey and Kyle Hamilton. Adding yet another star to this roster would be an ideal move for the team, which is why they attempted to pursue six-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay.

The Philadelphia Eagles star was engaged in serious talks to join their elite defense, however, an unexpected individual convinced him to stay in the city of Brotherly love at the last minute. After he was released in March 2023, Darius Slay was not into taking an alternative deal with the team and this was when the Ravens attempted to swoop in and pick him up.

Fortunately, Dom DiSandro, the chief security officer for the Eagles decided to give Slay a call. The corner revealed how he convinced him to remain in Philly via the Pulp Phiction podcast.

I really committed to the Ravens and was finna go. Then Dom (DiSandro) called me and said, 'Slay, I want you here.' And I'm like, you know what Dom, you calling me Dom, I'm coming back.
Darius Slay said

This was surprising, as nobody knew that DiSandro had that kind of influence within the organization.

Dom DiSandro gained notoriety last season after his altercation with Dre Greenlaw on the sidelines

Football fans know Dom from his infamous confrontation with Dre Greenlaw in the San Francisco 49ers-Philadelphia Eagles matchup. Tensions flared and ultimately, both of them ended up being ejected in a game that the former team dominated 42-19. Ultimately, both of them ended up resolving their beef, but the NFL did not stop there.

Darius Slay
Darius Slay (via IMAGO)

The league sprung into action and fined him a whopping $100,000 and barred him from being on the sidelines for the rest of the regular season. He went on to unsuccessfully appeal the punishment, but the Eagles took care of it for him and paid the amount.

DiSandro is clearly a respected figure within the team’s locker room. Apart from being the head of security detail for the squad, he genuinely looks out for the players and understands what each individual brings to the team.

This off-season was a fruitful one for Dom DiSandro too, who until now has managed affairs as head of security and senior advisor to Howie Roseman since 2011 is now responsible for overseeing the gameday coaching operations as well per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. This would mean that DiSandro is part of the essential staff and will be eligible to stand on the sidelines during the team’s games.

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