Raiders should bring back free agent Daryl Worley in 2020

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 28: Daryl Worley #20 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after stopping the Indianapolis Colts in the red zone during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 28: Daryl Worley #20 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after stopping the Indianapolis Colts in the red zone during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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Daryl Worley signed a one-year deal prior to the 2019 NFL season with the Oakland Raiders, and they would be wise to bring him back for a third year.

The road for Daryl Worley to end up with the Oakland Raiders was a windy one, as he began his career with the Carolina Panthers, and then was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. A third round draft pick of the Panthers, Worley was traded to the Eagles for wide receiver help, but never got a chance to put on the uniform.

Worley was released by the team following an altercation with the police, and the Raiders would take a flyer on him by signing him eight days later. After serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the Personal Conduct Policy to begin his Raiders career, Worley finally got on the field in Week 5 on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers.

During that 2018 season, Worley ended up starting ten games for the Raiders before being put on injured reserve in late December. Last offseason, Oakland decided to bring Worley back on a one-year deal, and thankfully they did, as he proved to be one of the more versatile defensive backs on this roster.

In 2019, Worley was one of the more consistent players in the Raiders secondary, starting all but one game. In his 15 starts, he was moved all around the defense, playing in 100 percent of the defensive snaps five times, and at least 95 percent of snaps 11 times.

Looking at his versatility, you only have to watch film of the team’s Week 17 loss to Denver, where he was literally lining up all over the defense. He played everything from slot corner, to free safety, to even linebacker, proving that he certainly has the faith of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

There were times where Worley had his issues this season, much like the rest of the defense, but he is still very young, and should definitely be back with the Raiders as they move to Las Vegas. This is a secondary that is trending in the right direction, and next season, if they bring Worley back into the fold, guys like him, Johnathan Abram, and Trayvon Mullen would form a nucleus under 25-years old.

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There is no doubt that the Raiders are going to add to their secondary this offseason, as the draft is loaded with talent at the cornerback position. However, we cannot forget that Worley is only 25-years old, is familiar with the Raiders system, and despite some lapses at times, was one of the more reliable players on this defense all season long.