Even with free agency now 5 weeks since it started and the draft just days away, the Raiders are still busy adding players. Today the team announced they have added free agent cornerback Daryl Worley.
The former third round pick (77 overall) is entering his third NFL season out of West Virginia where he was teammates with Raiders safety Karl Joseph. Both players were selected in the 2016 draft, Joseph in the first round at 14 overall.
The 6-1, 198-pound Worley has started 25 games in two season with the Carolina Panthers, including 14 starts last season. In two seasons he has recorded 3 interceptions, 19 passes defended, 150 tackles (111 solo), and two sacks.
If you’re wondering why a player with this kind of production over two seasons would be a free agent right now, it’s not a mystery.
Worley had been traded to the Eagles this offseason in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. Then just over a week ago, he was arrested and released by the Eagles. According to reports Worley was found passed out in a vehicle blocking the highway. He was then tasered and arrested, and a gun was also recovered from the scene. Worley faced six charges following his arrest, including driving under the influence, possession of an instrument of crime and resisting arrest.
While with the Mountaineers, Worley appeared in 34 games and made 27 starts, totaled 146 tackles, 10 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while being named an All-Big 12 Conference selection twice.