Eagles Send a Message by Cutting Ties with Worley
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Less than 12 hours after Daryl Worley was arrested in South Philadelphia, the Eagles have cut ties with the young cornerback.
The Eagles waived Worley, who was acquired last month in a trade with Carolina that sent veteran receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers, a day before offseason workouts are set to begin at the NovaCare Complex.
Worley was found passed out inside his vehicle blocking traffic on Broad and Pattison near the team's facility early Sunday morning. When police approached, the 23-year-old became what was described as "combative" which forced officers to Taser him. A gun was also recovered at the scene.
Worley spent 37 days as a member of the organization and never officially suited up for the Eagles.
A Philadelphia native, Worley had a few off-the-field concerns in college at West Virginia before becoming a third-round pick of the Panthers, most notably a nightclub altercation with a woman in which he received a six-month suspended sentence.
From a football perspective, the Eagles trade for Worley looked like a home run, getting a young cornerback on his rookie deal for a $5 million receiver they didn't really want. The tricky part comes with the chemistry and intangibles as Smith is a leader by nature and as good of a guy as there is in the NFL.
Generally, when things seem to be too good to be true, there is a reason for it and it's usually not incompetence from the other organization something the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person explained with a pair of tweet explaining the Panthers concerns with Worley:
A number of things played into the Eagles' decision to release Worley so quickly, including this incident being second in line this offseason after the Michael Bennett indictment.
Philadelphia also has impressive depth at the cornerback position, which includes starters Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby, along with promising second-year players Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas. Meanwhile, moving on from Worley comes with no salary-cap penalty for the Eagles.
Hindsight now says bringing Worley back to his hometown probably wasn't the wisest decision either.
“Coming back home to things like this, there’s going to be a lot more asked of me, on the field and off the field,” Worley acknowledged back in March. “I have a great support group around me and I know I have a great group of guys, so anything I may need or ask for, I know they’ll be able to help me with it.”
Unfortunately, that support group wasn't able to keep Worley from imploding before ever taking the field for the Eagles.
While there will be some who question setting adrift a troubled young man before due process runs its course, the Eagles felt they had an opportunity to send a message with their fourth or fifth CB and used it.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen