The Oakland Raiders took an important step agreeing to a deal with 2013 NFL Draft first round selection DJ Hayden today. Now the rookie cornerback, if healthy, can jump right into training camp which begins on field work tomorrow.
Hayden has not seen the field much this offseason after an abdominal injury kept him out of organized team activities and mini-camp. Head coach Dennis Allen thought Hayden would be ready for training camp and today's signing strengthens his assessment. The Raiders need impact players and that's why the coveted Hayden even before trading down in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now he has a chance to solidify his draft status and contribute early in 2013.
By now everyone knows Hayden suffered a very serious injury in college where he tore a vein that runs blood from his lower half to his heart. It is encouraging that the two sides were able to iron out a deal because speculation was the injury concerns could hold up the process. When he is ready to take the field, he will join the cornerback competition with Mike Jenkins, Tracy Porter, and Phillip Adams in the team's rebuilt secondary.
In the last three days, the Raiders agreed to terms with fourth round quarterback Tyler Wilson, second round tackle Menelik Watson, and Hayden. They have signed all their 2013 NFL Draft selections before they take the field for training camp enabling them to get a fair shot to compete.
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