Former Ohio State star defender released by Carolina Panthers
A former Ohio State Buckeye cornerback is in the new market for a new team.
Eli Apple was cut on Tuesday by the Carolina Panthers. He signed with the team heading into the 2020 season but was cut after appearing in just two games.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 27, 2020
Since announcing his decision to turn pro in January 2016, it has been a rocky ride for Apple. He was the No. 10 overall pick in that year’s draft by the New York Giants.
Starting out as the nickel back for the Giants, Apple struggled to stand out as he finished his first two seasons with just one interception. In 2018, Apple played with the Giants until Oct. 23, 2018, when he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He spent the rest of the 2018 season along with the 2019 season with the Saints.
After the 2019 season, Apple became a free agent and signed a one-year, $3 million deal. Prior to Sunday’s game against New Orleans, Apple had only been active for one game. He played 28 defensive snaps in the loss to the Saints and recorded four tackles.
With his background of struggling to get along with teammates and injuries, it appears that Apple’s career is at a crossroads of sorts. His next step will probably be key to how much longer he remains an NFL player.