Eli Apple’s free agency deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fell through, and the Carolina Panthers are the beneficiaries.
The Panthers announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with Apple.
Apple originally agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million deal with the Raiders on March 18. We learned in April that the deal fell through, which made Apple a free agent.
A former first-round pick by the Giants, Apple was traded to New Orleans in 2018. He played 10 games for them that season and 15 last season. The 24-year-old cornerback had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans and would provide a nice upgrade in the secondary for Carolina.
Eli Apple is back on the free agent market after his deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fell through.
Contracts that were agreed to in free agency this year presented an unusual case because of the inability of teams to bring in players for physicals. It’s unclear whether there was a medical issue with Apple that was later discovered, or if the two sides had a disagreement about finances, but Apple is back on the market.
The 24-year-old cornerback played in 15 games each of the last two seasons and had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans.
Many teams have already agreed to deals with cornerbacks and spent the money they had allotted for free agency, so it might be tougher for Apple to find a new deal.
The Las Vegas Raiders continue to add players in free agency.
The Raiders had interest in Chris Harris Jr. but ended up getting Eli Apple at cornerback.
Apple, 24, was a first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2016 but was a bad fit there and was traded to the Saints prior to the deadline in 2018. He has played in 15 games each of the last two seasons and had 58 tackles last year for New Orleans.
Apple joins Carl Nassib, Nick Kwiatkoski, Cory Littleton, Jeff Heath, and Maliek Collins as defensive additions the Raiders have made this offseason. They also added Jason Witten and Marcus Mariota on offense.
Eli Apple left Sunday’s New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears game after injuring his right knee on a non-contact play.
Apple was covering Javon Wims with under a minute to go and slipped in the end zone at Soldier Field. Apple going down allowed Wims to be wide open, and the Bears receiver caught a touchdown to make it 36-25.
Replay showed Apple going down without contact as he appeared to slip on the turf. Apple was grabbing his right knee.
— #BusinessIsSuspended (@FTBeard11) October 20, 2019
Apple, a former first-round pick by the Giants, had six tackles in the game. The 24-year-old cornerback is in his second season with the Saints, who are now 6-1.
The 2018 NFL season is coming up on the final quarter stretch and in most cases, nothing is settled. Divisions are close, playoff races are tight, and injuries around the league have really begun to shake things up.
It’s now make-or-break time for players and teams, and as the saying goes, big players make big plays in big games. So who might those big players be? Here’s a look at 10 players who could have a big impact down the stretch.
10. Colt McCoy, QB, Washington Redskins
33 years to the day that Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann’s leg, players watched helplessly as Alex Smith suffered a gruesomely similar injury. His season is now over, and the reigns of the NFC East-leading Redskins have been handed over to Colt McCoy. He played relatively well in a Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans and will now lead the show moving forward, which is a role he hasn’t played in many years. The luxury McCoy brings to the table beyond his starting experience is his intimate familiarity with Washington’s offense and the skill position players surrounding him. And just as Nick Foles did a season ago, perhaps McCoy can channel some backup magic and lead the Redskins to the playoffs.
The New York Giants decided on Tuesday to cut ties with a man named Eli, but it is probably not the Eli you are thinking of.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants have traded cornerback Eli Apple to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft and a seventh-round pick in 2020.
Saints traded a 4th-round pick in 2019 and a 7th in 2020 for former Giants’ CB Eli Apple, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
Apple, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a lot of issues in the Giants’ locker room over the past couple of years. It’s a surprise that they stuck with him as long as they did after some of the things that were said about Apple by his teammates, but perhaps the team thought the situation would improve.
While it’s unclear if it played a role in the tension between him and his teammates, Apple went through a lot of personal issues off the field in 2017 with his mother undergoing brain surgery. There is no denying the former Ohio State star’s level of talent.
The situation involving Urban Meyer at Ohio State has sent shockwaves across the sports world, and many of the coach’s former players have been asked to weigh in on it. On Thursday, New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple shared his thoughts.
While speaking with reporters at training camp, Apple described Meyer’s administrative leave and the investigation as “unfortunate.”
“It’s a crazy, unfortunate situation,” Apple said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “I just hope it gets worked out.”
When pressed further and asked if he believes Meyer knew of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against his assistant, Zach Smith, that he claimed to have no knowledge of, Apple stopped short of supporting his former coach.
“I can’t say. I don’t know,” he said. “It’s very surprising. Definitely. He was one of my coaches when I played. You don’t really know somebody outside of football, like you want to. Hopefully, they can get the situation worked out.”
Others who played for Meyer or at Ohio State were far less reserved. Zach Boren, a free agent fullback who went to Ohio State, said the allegations against Smith from his ex-wife have nothing to do with Meyer. Former Buckeyes defensive end Matt Finkes took a similar stance.
This is a Zach and Courtney issue. No one else's. Everyone is trying to bring down the Meyer Family and the rest of the Ohio state staff/program based off of incidents that involved TWO people at their home. This issue will get settled in court between those TWO. END OF STORY!
— Zach Boren (@ZBoren44) August 1, 2018
My take on #UrbanMeyer issue from a practical standpoint. This is an issue btw Zach and Courtney that will play out in court. If Courtney didn’t report anything directly to Urban, how is he supposed to report on it to the university. Saying “you believe he knew” doesn’t cut it.
— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) August 1, 2018
I have no idea what Shelley told Urban and neither does anyone else, but in today’s world, especially on twitter and Facebook, assumptions quickly become “facts”. Everything is being assumed at this point until investigated and sworn testimony is given. https://t.co/aOKIAxfwvE
— Matt Finkes (@MattFinkes) August 2, 2018
Buckeyes alumni weren’t all supportive of Meyer, however.
how do you keep coach meyer out of it? His coach, his players, his team. He’s their leader, no?
— jake stoneburner (@jake_STONEYY) August 1, 2018
It’s crazy how that one quote changed everything. https://t.co/PMB6v7rNgi
— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) August 1, 2018
Smith was the longest-tenured member of Meyer’s staff prior to his firing last Monday. Meyer admitted that he knew of domestic violence allegations against Smith from 2009 but claimed what was reported about them was inaccurate. He then said he had no knowledge of any other incidents between Smith and his ex-wife, but some text messages uncovered by Brett McMurphy on Wednesday seem to indicate otherwise.
H/T Eleven Warriors