May 20, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden (25) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders sign D.J. Hayden

According to Adam Caplan on Twitter, the Oakland Raiders have agree’d to a 4 year contract with rookie corner-back D.J. Hayden.

Hayden had to leave OTA’s early to remove some scar-tissue buildup following his life-threatening abdominal injury. He’s expected to be able to return to Oakland Raiders training camp tomorrow, with no limitations.

D.J. flew up on the draft boards late in the process, eventually become the second corner off the board behind Dee Milliner.

This kid has a remarkable story, almost losing his life after a collision with a teammate during practice, making a full recover and was able to play football again when doctors didn’t believe he would be able to return. Now he’s in the National Football League, when things were stacked against him, looking to continue on his legacy.

I have a lot of respect for this kid and hope for big things to go his way. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up winning defensive rookie of the year, or at least gives whoever wins it, a run for their money.


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