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Darius Slay says he’ll be wearing the No. 24 jersey with the Eagles to honor Kobe Bryant

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Paying tribute to a Philly legend.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a very important question to consider following the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to trade for Darius Slay earlier this week: what jersey number is he going to wear now?

Slay’s old No. 23 from his Detroit Lions days isn’t a likely option. Rodney McLeod, who recently re-signed a two-year deal to remain in Philly, has sported that number since 2016. Slay wore No. 9 at Mississippi State and that’s obviously not an option for him in the NFL. (And even if it was, I don’t think the Eagles will be giving out No. 9 anytime soon.)

Slay has a new jersey number in mind for his Eagles tenure. The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback revealed where his mind is at during an Instagram live video on Saturday evening:

“My number I’m rocking? I’m going with that two four, man. I’m rockin’ with two four this year. Kobe mode. Black mamba, baby. Rest in peace to the GOAT, man. Rest in peace to one of my favorite players. [...] I think I’m gonna look good in 24.”

It’s certainly not lost on Slay that Bryant was a big Eagles fan.

No. 24 is indeed available with Jordan Howard leaving to sign with the Miami Dolphins.

It’s cool to see Slay fired up to play in Philly. Fans will be hoping his time here goes much better than the last two Eagles cornerbacks to wear No. 24 ... Bradley Fletcher and Nnamdi Asomugha.

(Hat tip to Philadelphia Sports Network on this find.)