Raiders Rumors: Ex-Saints CB Eli Apple Agrees to Contract

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2020

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22:  Eli Apple #25 of the New Orleans Saints watches from the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Eli Apple is headed to his third team since the New York Giants drafted him 10th overall in the 2016 NFL draft.

According to the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald, the 24-year-old cornerback has agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders. ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported the deal.

The Raiders have been aggressive in addressing defense through free agency:

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The Raiders' defensive investments so far in free agency: * LB Cory Littleton * LB Nick Kwiatkoski * DE Carl Nassib * DT Maliek Collins * S Jeff Heath * CB Eli Apple Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden working hard to shore up that side of the ball.

All deals can become official at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Apple played with the New Orleans Saints after the Giants traded him in October 2018.

The Ohio State product's tenure in New York was rough. On the field, Apple played 30 games (23 starts) and recorded one interception as well as two forced fumbles, 20 passes defended and 100 tackles (82 solo).

Off the field, then-teammate Landon Collins referred to Apple as a "cancer" after he had been benched several times throughout the 2017 campaign.

"There's only just one corner that ... needs to grow, and we all know who that is," Collins said, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and [Janoris Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. But that first pick ... he's a cancer."


@RapSheet Eli Apple career grades: New York Giants: 62.9 New Orleans Saints: 65.0 https://t.co/tc0ImPwbKt

Apple started all 25 of the games he played for the Saints, including 15 starts last season. He had two picks in 10 starts during the 2018 season before recording 58 tackles (53 solo) in '19.

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Third team in five years for Apple, who started 15 games for Saints in 2019 before sustaining an ankle injury. Still, the 10th overall pick in 2016 has the size (6-1, 203) and fluidness coaches crave.

The Raiders' pass defense ranked 25th in 2019, allowing 256.7 yards per game, and 29th in the league with just nine interceptions.