Here's a look at how this development impacts the Eagles, who open their offseason conditioning program Monday:
The Super Bowl champs agreed to acquire Worley from the Carolina Panthers for wide receiver Torrey Smith on March 9 prior to the start of the league year. Smith was likely gone regardless because of his $5 million cap number, so getting a talented 23-year-old corner with 25 starts under his belt in return was viewed as a bonus. The addition took on a little more meaning when Patrick Robinson signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. Robinson was one of the top nickel corners in the NFL in 2017 and was a key contributor during the team's postseason run. Though they are in pretty good shape at the cornerback position overall with Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby and Rasul Douglas, one of the biggest questions facing the team this offseason is who will take over Robinson's role. When asked about slot corner candidates at the owners meetings in late March, coach Doug Pederson first mentioned Mills. The second name out of his mouth was Worley's. One of their options just disappeared, along with some depth.
As such, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has less wiggle room on the trade front. The Eagles are tied for a league low with six picks heading into the NFL draft and do not currently have a selection in the second or third rounds. There was some buzz about one of the corners being moved to help remedy the situation. With one year remaining on his deal, Darby was the most obvious choice. The release of Worley adds to the risk factor of a trade. Would it be wise to part with Darby, Robinson and now Worley in the same offseason? Even if you feel good about the remaining players on the roster and the available free agency and draft options, it's hard to imagine being very comfortable with another subtraction in the secondary at this point.
The Eagles were believed to have an eye on defensive backs in April's draft anyway. While there's no guarantee they walk away with a DB, recent events will certainly not dampen their interest.Bottom line, this affects their depth and flexibility to a degree. It's an unwanted headache that is compounded by the recent Michael Bennett indictment, but one they should be able to move past.