Former Ohio State Cornerback Eli Apple Reportedly Signing with Las Vegas Raiders

By Dan Hope on March 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Eli Apple

Eli Apple is heading to Las Vegas.

The former Ohio State cornerback, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday afternoon, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to multiple reports. Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune was the first to report the news.

According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Apple signed a one-year, fully-guaranteed $6 million deal that includes an additional $500,000 in incentives.

Apple will now be playing for his third NFL team after being traded from the New York Giants to the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season. 

In the first five years of his NFL career, Apple has started 48 games, including 25 games with the Saints over the past two seasons. He has recorded 233 total tackles, 33 pass breakups, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

As he heads to Las Vegas, Apple joins a roster that currently includes just one other former Buckeye (Johnathan Hankins) and on which he is likely to be a starting cornerback for the Raiders in 2020.

The Saints, who had an NFL-most five former Ohio State players on their roster last season, have now gained one Buckeye and lost one Buckeye in free agency, as they are closing in on a deal with fellow former Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins.

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