Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a league source, reports that the Raiders and first-round CB Gareon Conley are discussing a contract, even though he has yet to hear whether he’ll face formal charges arising from an incident occurring in April.
The Raiders knew about the rape allegations against Conley but still used a first-round pick on him this past April.
Clearly, Oakland was hoping that this case would be behind Conley and believed that he’s innocent in the matter, but there are just eight days before the Raiders report to training camp.
Conley is one of just seven players who have yet to sign their rookie contracts along with second-round pick Obi Melifonwu.
Conley, 21, was selected with the No. 21 overall pick by the Raiders in this year’s NFL draft. Conley was considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft class with an opportunity to be the first player at his position to come off the board.
However, reports surfaced that he was facing rape allegations just a few days before the draft, which led to questions as to whether he would even be drafted. The Raiders explained that they’ve done extensive work on the matter and believe Conley to be innocent.
Even so, his case remains unresolved and a matter worth watching moving forward.
According to OverTheCap.com, Conley will receive a four-year contract worth $10,467,662, which includes a signing bonus of $5,752,844. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
During his college career at Ohio State, Conley recorded 91 tackles, a half sack, six interceptions, and 15 pass defenses over the course of 35 games.