In 2011 Steve Slaton will play at the league-minimum base salary. In the last year of a rookie contract Slaton will be eligible for free agency after this years NFL season.
Slaton was chose in the 3rd round by the Houston Texans in the 2008 NFL draft. That year Slaton had a great rookie season totaling 1659 yards from scrimmage with 50 receptions and 10 touchdowns on the season. Slaton has been hampered by a shoulder injury the past two seasons and has been overcome on the depth chart by last years league leading rusher Arian Foster. With last years 2nd round pick Ben Tate about to return at 100% and Derrick Ward recently being resigned it would seem that Slaton is expendable and should command decent trade value since Slaton is playing at the league-minimum base salary this season.
This could potentially be a win win for both teams. The Rams need someone reliable enough to spell Jackson every few plays and explosive enough to be considered dangerous by defenses. If Slaton is fully recovered from the shoulder injury that has plaqued him since 2009 then Slaton could be that player.
Houston picking up an extra draft pick for next years draft will also be an added bonus and continue to make the Houston Texans’ 2008 NFL draft one of their best yet with of course the jury still being out on this years draft.
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