Right before the full team arrives for this summer’s training camp, the Arizona Cardinals decided to sign free-agent cornerback Daryl Worley.
During the last few months, the Arizona Cardinals cornerback room has undergone a bit of a makeover.
Out the door went guys like Patrick Peterson, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Kevin Peterson and in their places, the Cardinals added veteran corners Malcolm Butler and Darqueze Dennard in addition to giving Robert Alford one last shot to make some sort of contribution for the team.
Still, some felt Arizona needed one or two more pieces to complete their 2021 group of cornerbacks. Well, the Cardinals added someone new to the group on Monday, but it’s not a guy who’s going to generate a ton of excitement.
Arizona Cardinals decide to sign cornerback Daryl Worley for some reason
It must have been some workout by Worley for the Cardinals to completely disregard what the cornerback has done during his NFL career. Or maybe we should say, what he hasn’t done?
Worley was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He only lasted two seasons with the Panthers before they traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
Less than two months after the Eagles acquired Worley, they cut him. But a few days later, he ended up signing a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Last season, he spent time with the Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. So despite being in the NFL for only five years, Arizona just became the sixth team to add Worley to their roster in the cornerback’s pro career.
Worley has good size (6-foot-1, 215 pounds), but he’s struggled to use it to his advantage during his time in the league.
During the last three seasons, he’s allowed a completion rate of 56.3 percent, a passer rating of 116.4, and a total of 14 touchdowns in 35 appearances. Was he really the best option left for the Cardinals to choose from?
Bringing back Kirkpatrick for another run didn’t seem like a better idea? Was Aeneas Williams busy?
If Arizona general manager Steve Keim wasn’t satisfied with the team’s current group of cornerbacks, then that’s fine. But it’s extremely difficult to understand why Keim thinks Worley can be the guy to help improve the unit.