Former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple is back on the NFL free-agent market.
Apple had reportedly agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders on the opening day of free agency, but he never officially signed a contract with the team. Now, that deal has fallen apart, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Raiders and former Saints CB Eli Apple were unable to finalize a contract, per sources, and Apple remains a free agent. Another one added to the list.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2020
According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the cancellation of the deal was related to his physical, not financial reasons. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many of this year's NFL free-agent contracts have not yet been finalized because players still have yet to undergo physicals. Apple missed the end of last season with an ankle injury.
Apple, who started his career with the New York Giants and most recently played for the New Orleans Saints, is entering his fifth season in the NFL and is now free once again to sign with any team. He joins a list of former Ohio State players who remain unsigned as unrestricted free agents that includes Ted Ginn Jr., Carlos Hyde and Darron Lee.