Eagles Waive CB Daryl Worley

The Eagles have waived cornerback Daryl Worley following his early morning arrest, the club announced.

Worley was arrested in the Philadelphia around 6am Sunday morning following an altercation with police. Authorities reportedly found Worley unconscious in a car that was blocking a highway, and were forced to taser the 23-year-old after he became combative. A firearm was also located at the scene of the incident.

Worley’s stay with the Eagles will end up lasting just over one month, as general manager Howie Roseman & Co. acquired Worley from the Panthers in March in exchange for receiver Torrey Smith. That trade was widely viewed as a Philadelphia win, as the club picked up a young defensive back while shipping out a high-priced pass-catcher who likely would have been released.

While no depth chart had been set in stone, Worley would have competed to become a starting cornerback for the Eagles in 2018. Last season, Worley played roughly three-quarters of Carolina’s defensive snaps but graded as just the No. 89 corner among 121 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus. However, the former third-round pick did rank a respectable 28th in Football Outsiders‘ success rate.

The Eagles are currently expected to deploy Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills as their top two defensive backs during the upcoming season, while 2017 second-rounder Sidney Jones — who is recovering from a torn Achilles — could also factor into the starting lineup. Rasul Douglas, De’Vante Bausby, and D.J. Killings comprise the rest of Philadelphia’s positional depth.

Worley, 23, had two years remaining on his rookie contract. Because he was a trade acquisition, the Eagles already weren’t responsible for any of Worley’s prorate bonus money. None of his base salaries were guaranteed, so Philadelphia will save $670K by cutting ties Worley.

Given that he is not a vested veteran, Worley will now go through the NFL’s waiver protocol. He’s unlikely to be claimed, however, given his recent episode with police and the fact that he could be facing a league-imposed suspension.

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      • itslonelyatthetrop

        Not even them. A team with more social credit will take a chance on him. And by social credit I mean a team that has a recent reputation of generally law abiding behavior.

  1. diller79

    This would have been just shrugged off 5 years ago. It’s a shame how people react to off the field issues these days

    • Ironman_4life

      Lol yeah i agree. These guys should have a felony limit. Maybe 1 a year?

        • Polish Hammer

          The newsworthy piece not present in any other profession is where a young man with the world by the balls, and literally living his childhood dream, just pissed away millions.

      • cka2nd

        Or been put on probation or administrative leave and sent to rehab, which is probably what should have happened here (Jared Allen, anyone). Of course, if he was high enough up the food chain in virtually any profession, but especially one as incestuous as Wall Street or Hollywood, IF he was shown the door at all, it would have been with a golden parachute softening his landing.

    • cka2nd

      To be fair, Jared Allen was traded out of KC in part because of his multiple DUI’s, so it wasn’t always, and shouldn’t have been, just shrugged off. Ditto for Worley, but this is a stupid overreaction on the Eagles’ part (having ONLY read this story and not tracked down other news coverage), and one they wouldn’t have made if this had been an established star.

      • utleysk

        CK, the biggest problem was that he had a gun(not sure if loaded) with no legal permit, his car was blocking a busy intersection and passed out with his Blood Alcohol level way above the legal limit. For good measure he resisted arrest and was tasered by police. What a waste of talent and he really needs help so I hope he gets his life together for his sake.

  2. under raited

    As a eagles fan this is frustrating same with the Michael Bennett thing

    • cka2nd

      With Philadelphia cops, ANYTHING is and has always been possible. Thousands of cases from both the 1970’s and 1980’s were overturned due to police misconduct, but it took decades for the falsified evidence, etc. to be exposed. Nothing would shock me when it comes to Philly cops.

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