Report: Raiders CB DJ Hayden agrees to terms with Detroit

Report: Raiders CB DJ Hayden agrees to terms with Detroit

After four seasons with the Raiders, D.J. Hayden is reportedly moving on.

The cornerback agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth up to $5.25 million with the Detroit Lions, ESPN reported Friday morning.

Reggie McKenzie didn’t have a first-round pick in his initial NFL draft as Raiders general manager. One was available a year later, and McKenzie took a risk.

He traded down from No. 3 to No. 12 and took Hayden out of Houston, a talented cover man with a heart condition. Hayden ruptured his interior vena cava at a University of Houston practice, but recovered well enough to be a high pick McKenzie said he would’ve taken with the third pick.

Hayden never lived up to that standing. He dealt with injury most of his NFL career, though his heart never posed a problem after the first offseason. A groin issue cut his rookie season in half. A foot problem delayed his second. Then he had a healthy stretch where he grew as a player and eventually became a solid slot cornerback in his fourth season. He tore a hamstring late last year that required surgical repair, but many believed Hayden had turned a corner under Jack Del Rio’s staff.

The Raiders didn’t pick up his fifth-year option, making him a free agent this offseason. There was some talk about him coming back, but Hayden has left the coop.

That’ll mark a fresh start for Hayden, who was burdened at times by his draft slot. He gained confidence in recent seasons, and found a home covering on the inside. He finished last season with 37 tackles, six passes defensed and a forced fumble. Quarterbacks had an 85.5 rating targeting him, and Hayden allowed just 9.5 yards per catch in 2016.

The Raiders must look elsewhere to fill his void. TJ Carrie is a capable slot cornerback, though competition will be sought in free agency or a deep defensive back class in the NFL draft. They need help at safety as well, with Nate Allen likely headed elsewhere this offseason.

Hayden's dearture could be the beginning of the end for McKenzie's 2013 draft class. The Raiders hope to re-sign second-round offensive lineman Menelik Watson, and remain open to re-signing sixth-round running back Latavius Murray. Sixth round pick Stacy McGee signed with Washington and another sixth-rounder, tight end Mychal Rivera, will be allowed to leave in free agency. Fourth-round quarterback Tyler Wilson didn't make it beyond his rookie year, and third-round linebacker Sio Moore was traded before the 2015 regular season began. 

Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders

After visiting the Titans, Saints and Rams, free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will make a stop in the East Bay.

Recently released by the Dolphins, Suh will visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The former No. 2 overall pick made it through just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed with Miami prior to the 2015 season.

The 31-year-old Portland, Oregon native last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and was last earned First-Team All Pro honors in 2014.

In 16 games with the Dolphins last season, Suh recorded 4.5 sacks and 48 combined tackles.

Reports: Former Broncos, Jets, Titans WR visiting Raiders


Reports: Former Broncos, Jets, Titans WR visiting Raiders

As the Raiders overhaul their receiving corps, they are meeting with a versatile veteran on Tuesday.

Eric Decker, who spent the 2017 season with the Titans, is visiting the Raiders, according to The Athletic and ESPN.

A third-round pick out of Minnesota in 2010, the 31-year-old Decker spent the first four seasons of his career with the Broncos. He put up huge numbers in 2012 and 2013 with 2,352 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns over those two seasons.

He turned his success with the Broncos into a five-year, $36 million contract with the Jets. He lived up to the contract the first two seasons, but after playing in just three games in 2016, the Jets released him.

So far this offseason, the Raiders have added veteran Jordy Nelson and Griff Whalen while releasing Michael Crabtree and trading Cordarrelle Patterson to New England.