In April of this year, cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested in Pennsylvania on charges of DUI, possessing firearms in public and resisting arrest. He was promptly released by his then-team, the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who had traded Torrey Smith to the Panthers for him as soon as the 2018 league year began. The Raiders then signed him to a one year deal worth about $680,000.
But the spectre of Worley’s legal troubles remained, and the Raiders knew that they would eventually have to cross that bridge with their new young, talented corner. On June 18, Worley pleaded guilty to the charges, and yesterday it was reported that he was sentenced to three days’ jail time and two years of probation, although he was credited for time served for the DUI charge. A felony charge of carrying an unlicensed firearm was dropped, although the charges of resisting arrest and carrying a firearm in public within Philadelphia city limits remained and resulted in the two years’ probation for Worley.
This sentence is likely to bring a suspension from the NFL during the 2018 season, although Worley recently stated to our own Levi Damien he has not heard from the league in that regard.
Guilty plea and the conclusion of legal issues likely means Worley can serve his suspension during the 2018 season. https://t.co/bdvl7ra9tG— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2018
Worley has been a model citizen for the Raiders since his arrest and has done a good job in camp so far against the Raiders’ bevy of talented receivers. One imagines this may bring a four-game suspension, which could mean the Raiders sign another corner before the season begins. Bashaud Breeland, for instance, remains unemployed.
Once Worley’s debt to society is paid, he could become an important cog in the Raiders’ revamped secondary along with fellow defensive backs Rashaan Melvin, Gareon Conley, Leon Hall, Nick Nelson, Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist.
Worley is grateful for his opportunity with the Raiders, stating, “It was amazing for me, just to be able to get another opportunity, because many people don’t get a second chance. I was blessed to be able to get another chance and make the best of it.”
Right now the Raiders are paying him next to nothing, which is what was warranted given the “prove it” second-chance nature of his signing, but if he plays well he could certainly earn another contract with the team.