The Raiders value cornerback Daryl Worley, and didn’t want him bolting for another team in unrestricted free agency. That’s why they slapped a second-round contract tender on him last month, to ward off coverage needy teams with garlic and plenty of silver.
Signing Worley would’ve cost the player’s freight – the Raiders could’ve matched it -- and a second-round pick, a price too steep for a team to steal him away. It cost roughly $1 million to go up from the original-round tender that would’ve brought a third-round pick back, but the Raiders weren’t taking chances.
They wanted extra assurance, and ultimately kept Worley in house.
The 24-year old signed a contract tender worth $3.095 million, a transaction that was processed on Monday. It bonds Worley to the Raiders, a team that offered a second chance after a run in with the law that got him cut by Philadelphia shortly coming to the Eagles in trade. His return was expected.
Worley served a four-game suspension to start last year and was a regular fixture after that. The Raiders like his physical playing style and anticipate him starting opposite Gareon Conley.
He had offseason shoulder surgery, but it shouldn’t cut into his preparation for the 2019 season.
The Raiders also have Nevin Lawson and Nick Nelson at cornerback, while safety Lamarcus Joyner will play significant snaps in the slot.