On Friday, Worley was officially announced as a member of the Bengals’ 2018 undrafted free agent signing class. When he met with reporters, Worley took a bit of a jab (cough, spoke the truth) at his new team’s in-state rival, despite being a Cleveland guy:
Former #Buckeyes LB Chris Worley: "I was one of those guys from Cleveland that didn't watch the Browns...I'd go for Cincinnati because I knew the Browns sucked."— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) May 11, 2018
A little love for @ochocinco here too. @fox19 pic.twitter.com/bujkYPNoK9
Though to be fair, you can’t really argue with those statements, being that the Browns have gone 4-44 over the last three seasons. He wants to win, and Cincinnati has proven to be a far better franchise for accomplishing this than Cleveland.
Worley is also 22-years-old. During his lifetime, the Browns have experienced two winning seasons and one playoff berth. The Bengals have been to the postseason six times in the last nine seasons.
And while the Bengals are coming off a 7-9 season, the Browns have won seven-plus games just four times since 1999.
As for what Worley brings to the table, he played both inside and outside linebacker while playing in Columbus. Over his four years there, Worley racked up 153 tackles, one interception, and forced three fumbles. As a senior in 2017, he recorded 56 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
Worley could be a great fit for the Bengals, who have a history of developing undrafted free agents into core special teams players who also carve out roles on defense. That’s especially true at linebacker with guys like Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey, Brandon Bell and Hardy Nickerson all going undrafted before joining the Bengals.
Worley also noted on Friday that he has a bit of a head start on the Bengals’ playbook due to Ohio State using many similar play calls.
Chris Worley on the similarities between Ohio State's playbook and the Cincinnati Bengals' playbook:— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) May 11, 2018
"We got a couple calls that’s the exact same call that we have at Ohio State, the exact same name, and we have other calls that’s the exact same thing, just a different name."
Plus, with two other Ohio State rookies on the team, it looks like Worley is going to adjust to life in Cincinnati just fine.