Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after report of confrontation with police
The Eagles traded for Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley last month but cut he Philly native Sunday after confirming his arrest. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
The Philadelphia Eagles released Daryl Worley on Sunday afternoon, several hours after confirming that Philadelphia police arrested the 23-year-old cornerback in the wake of an early-morning confrontation with officers.
Police tased Worley, a Philly native, and recovered a gun at the scene at Broad and Pattison Streets, near the Eagles facility, according to an NFL Network report.
The Eagles acquired Worley last month from the Panthers in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. Worley had been a versatile starting defensive back for Carolina during his two NFL seasons, but he won’t get a chance to suit up for his hometown Eagles.
The Birds are scheduled to open their offseason workout program Monday.
In cutting Worley, the Eagles will not incur any salary cap penalty. They’ll save 690,000 of cap space with the move.
The team also has the depth to withstand the loss of a talented player in the secondary. Philadelphia has three cornerbacks on its roster with starting experience who are younger than 25, and the team is eager to see how 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones progresses after recovering from an Achilles tear last season.
The reigning Super Bowl champions still must find players to fill their inside cornerback and No. 3 safety spots, but they have in-house options to do so.
Worley is the second Eagles player to land in legal trouble this offseason. Authorities in Texas arrested defensive end Michael Bennett last month and accused him of injuring an elderly woman at the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.