The Oakland Raiders used to have a reputation for being the bad boys of football. If you have a player who was too dirty or who partied too much, the odds were he’d end up on the Raiders. Former Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski got a reputation for being a dirty player including using his helmet to spear Carolina Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins in the jaw during a pre-season game. It broke Collins’s jaw and put him out for a big chunk of the season. Romanowski found his way to the Raiders.
But the team has been getting rid of that reputation over the last decade or so, even more so with the passing of owner Al Davis, whose famous slogan was, “Just win, baby!” However, they may be rediscovering their roots as they signed their former head coach, Jon Gruden, to take over the team again — and today’s announcement sounds like the old-school Raiders.
The Raiders have signed cornerback Daryl Worley to a contract, with the terms not disclosed. Worley played for the Carolina Panthers for two seasons before being traded to the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles this off season in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. Shortly after the deal was finalized and made official, things took a turn for Worley, as we reported last weekend. Police said Worley was found passed out in his vehicle on the highway. He allegedly become combative with authorities, leading police to use tasers to subdue him. He was placed under arrest and charged with driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, and a violation of the uniform firearms code, as there was a gun at the scene. The Eagles cut Worley later that same day.
And now ESPN is reporting that the Raiders have signed him. The situation has not been resolved, charges are still pending, and he will likely have to deal with discipline from the league once the legal issues are dealt with. Why would the Raiders take a chance on a 23-year-old with a bunch of legal issues hanging over him? Because he had “three interceptions, 19 passes defended, two sacks, and 150 tackles in 31 games (25 starts) over two seasons.”
“Just win, baby!”