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Originally published on SBReport.net on July 25, 2013
The Raiders announced that first-round draft selection D.J. Hayden and the team’s front office have agreed to terms on Thursday.
The signing marks the tenth and final draft pick to sign their rookie deal with the Raiders. The team will now have all rookies in camp in time.
Hayden was taken 12th overall by the Raiders in April’s draft after playing a shortened season last year at the University of Houston after a freak accident during practice ruptured a large vein just below his heart.
The 23-year-old cornerback was able to attend the first couple of offseason workouts after being medically cleared but then had to have surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdomen. The surgery forced Hayden to miss the rest of the offseason workouts, but head coach Dennis Allen believed that he would be ready to return to the field for training camp.
It remains to be seen if Hayden will be ready when the team takes the field for their first practice on Friday, but he did tweet yesterday “I’m good folks.”