Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested early Sunday morning after being found passed out in a car on the street, which contained a gun, near the team’s south Philadephia practice facility.
A source close to the situation confirmed an NFL Network report, which said Worley became combative with police. Police used a taser to subdue Worley.
The Eagles later announced that they had released Worley.
Worley, 23, from north Philadelphia, starred at Penn Charter High and at West Virginia University before being drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers in 2016.
Observers were surprised when the Eagles were able to get him in exchange for veteran receiver Torrey Smith early this offseason. Salary cap concerns had made it likely the team would end up releasing Smith. Getting a young, healthy corner with 25 NFL starts for Smith seemed like a coup.
Worley entered a no-contest plea and was given a six-month suspended sentence for an altercation with a woman outside a Morgantown, West Virginia, nightclub, in 2014, after a West Virginia victory. Worley said then that he was defending his girlfriend.
“It was a simple situation where it was wrong place at the wrong time. There [was] nothing malicious about the incident,” Worley told a conference call with reporters after the Panthers traded up to draft him. “All 32 teams have seen the videotape. They have the official court documents which I gave to them where there was nothing malicious about it.
“I did my due diligence as far as the court required me, and honestly, it is just behind me in the past. It is expunged from my record, and I am looking to move forward. Nothing like that is ever going to be a problem heading forward.”
The Eagles are set to begin their offseason conditioning program Monday.
Worley’s agent, Chafie Fields, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.