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.
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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.
The death of George Floyd while in police custody Monday in Minnesota has re-ignited racial tensions in this country.
Protests are occurring in cities all over the United States, and professional athletes are speaking up about their experiences.
On Saturday, Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones shared a heartwarming story on Twitter about an encounter he had with an woman at a home goods store.
Jones, a Dallas, Texas native, was acquired by the Raiders in a trade with the Buffalo Bills last October.
In 10 games for the Raiders, Jones caught 20 passes for 147 yards.
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But receiving this unnamed woman into his arms is the biggest catch of Jones' career.
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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Friday that he was “disgusted, mad and brokenhearted” after watching the video of an unarmed African-American man dying at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
That video sparked outrage in Minnesota and beyond, leading to protests nationwide, including in Las Vegas. Rioting Thursday night resulted in the burning of a Minneapolis police station.
All four officers were fired. Derek Chauvin, a white officer seen on the video with his knee pinning the neck of George Floyd 46, to the pavement, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
“I don’t know what it’s like to have a different skin color, so I won’t pretend to know,” wrote Carr, who is white. “My mentor and friends have told me stories, and it breaks my heart to hear some of the things that have happened.
“I was raised to love everyone, no matter their gender, skin color, political beliefs, socioeconomic background, or religious beliefs.”