Daryl Worley may have a chance to land on his feet quickly. Shortly after the Cowboys released the veteran cornerback, he made a visit to Buffalo to meet with Bills brass, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.
The Cowboys cut Worley on Wednesday, doing so after attempting to trade the fifth-year defender. Had Worley been jettisoned a week later, he would have been subject to waivers. But because Worley was axed before the trade deadline, he moved directly to free agency because of his vested-veteran status.
Considering many other moves the Bills have made this offseason, the Worley-Buffalo connection is obvious. The Panthers drafted Worley and did so when current Bills GM Brandon Beane and HC Sean McDermott were still with Carolina. In this offseason alone, the Bills have signed ex-Panthers Josh Norman, Mario Addison, Daryl Williams, Vernon Butler and A.J. Klein.
A 2016 third-round pick, Worley played two seasons with the Panthers before being waived after a spring 2018 arrest that produced felony charges. After landing briefly with the Eagles, Worley spent the 2018 and ’19 seasons with the Raiders.
Buffalo will play Week 8 without Norman, who began the season on IR. The recently signed veteran is battling a hamstring injury. The Bills activated Levi Wallace off their IR list Saturday, helping to bolster their interestingly suspect pass defense. Buffalo ranks 18th in pass defense DVOA.
Worley made seven appearances (four starts) for the Cowboys this season. Dallas cleaned house on defense this week, releasing Worley and Dontari Poe and trading Everson Griffen. Pro Football Focus slots Worley as its No. 84 corner (out of 119 full-timers) this season. Worley passing six COVID-19 tests would allow him to practice with the Bills next week, should they move to sign him to their active roster or practice squad.