The Oakland Raiders cornerbacks are so unproven, the team signed one who was tasered and arrested two weekends ago. That is certainly one way to look at the Raiders taking a flier on Daryl Worley.
The Eagles traded for Worley (in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith) and found himself in a bizarre situation on April 15. Ironically, the day before Philly’s offseason workout program began.
The 23-year-old third-round pick by the Panthers and Philadelphia native answered many charges. Some of them: with a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct-fighting and related offenses. Also, the policed tasered him during an arrest that found Worley passed out inside a vehicle blocking a roadway near the Eagles’ facility. In addition, police found a gun on scene.
When news emerged, the Eagles cut their ties with Worley with the quickness.
“We just felt like, going forward, this was in the best interest of our football team,” said Philadelphia executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman.
Details on why Worley drove while under the influence and asleep in his car, remain unknown. Neither has his ‘combative’ nature with police or the legality of the firearm.
What is clear: The Raiders are comfortable enough to add the 6-foot-1, 205-pound corner to the stable. Worley joins former Mountaineers Karl Joseph and Bruce Irvin on the roster. Additionally, he joins a group of free-agent additions in Rashaan Melvin, Shareece Wright, Leon Hall, and Senquez Golson. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie left no stone unturned in search for reinforcements. In 2017, the corner spot that netted just two interceptions last season. (Coincidentally from Sean Smith, who faces his own legal woes.)
Characterized as a press or trail corner coming out of college, Worley snagged three interceptions. Plus, he deflected 19 passes and racked up 150 tackles and two sacks in two seasons. He started 25 of 31 games. Worley showed flashes as a rookie with Carolina, before rotating for snaps in year two.
If Worley stays behaves, snaps are available for the taking in Oakland’s secondary.