Hayden gets top-six structure at No. 12


The Raiders reportedly were prepared to pick cornerback D.J. Hayden with the third overall selection in the draft.  Instead, they gave him a deal with a similar structure to the one the third overall pick received.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Hayden’s contract uses the same structure employed by the Dolphins at No. 3 (Dion Jordan), the Eagles at No. 4 (Lane Johnson), and the Browns at No. 6 (Barkevious Mingo).  It’s a structure that neither the 11th pick (D.J. Fluker) nor the 13th pick (Sheldon Richardson) received.

In exchange for keeping offset language in the deal, Hayden will receive guaranteed training-camp roster bonuses of $379,000 in 2014, $758,000 in 2015, and $1.1 million in 2016.  He’ll also get guaranteed base salaries of $405,000 in 2013, $495,000 in 2014, $585,000 in 2015, and $675,000 in 2016.

Hayden’s signing bonus was $5.88 million.

While Hayden won’t be able to double dip if the Raiders cut him before the expiration of the four-year contract, pushing money into roster bonuses reduces the salary for which the Raiders would receive credit if, for example, Hayden is cut between the launch of camp and the start of the regular season.

Regardless, if the Raiders cut Hayden at any point between now and the end of the 2016 season, they’ll have far bigger problems than owing Hayden money, or recovering some of it based on what he earns elsewhere.

Hayden is one of the more compelling figures of the rookie class.  He nearly died after a practice collision at the University of Houston ruptured his inferior vena cava, resulting in heavy internal bleeding.  He had surgery in the offseason to remove scar tissue.

22 responses to “Hayden gets top-six structure at No. 12

  1. Glad for the Raiders that they were able to keep the offset language in Hayden’s contract, but it’s wasted money any way you slice it. This guy has a very slim chance of panning out or having a long career. For his sake I hope it works out, but I do not think it will end well………..

  2. you should not even need a agent for the 1st contract.leave it to the raiders to mess it up..agents must own part of the team…

  3. Injury prone: often sustaining injuries

    DJ Hayden, one injury sustained in college which was the heart situation. One scar tissue removal due to said heart situation.

    How is that injury prone? DJ Hayden has been healthy his whole career except for one incident.

  4. Some of these comments are funny he had one injury that we know of and he’s injury prone, my goodness it was a freak accident. It too early to call it an wasted investment lol can he play down first.

  5. Wait, didn’t he miss time in the offseason as well due to injury? I’m not saying he’s injury prone, but only having one injury ever is kindve a stretch too, fader fans.

  6. thanks for clearing the air on what it means to be injury prone. people are so quick to comment on an injury status they clearly know nothing about.they see it’s the Raiders and automatically down the Raiders without knowing the facts ! Get over yourselves

  7. Amazing how many MD’s we have here . . . How many NFL teams called all of you concerning Hayden’s health issue before the draft ? I guess the answer is zero since every MD that checked him out said he was good to go.

  8. Hilarious….we are giving this guy about $10 million and people are bashing us ….after paying jamarcus $38million for nothing……..thank god for the rookie wage scale………….Still think Rolando made more in his signing bonus than this will will for 4 years of service………

  9. there is no doubt in my mind reggie sees the much bigger picture. He is looking at this team 3 years from now.

  10. jagwires – check out the recent surgery, it was to remove scar tissue from the original surgery.
    But hey, I’ll bet our tarps are nicer than yours!

  11. “Hayden gets top-six structure at No. 12”

    Interesting title and more than a little misleading. Don’t get me wrong, it’s accurate but misleading. Kudos to you for knowing a lot of your audience lack reading comprehension skills.

    The key word is that he received a similar STRUCTURE, but the money is right where it should be so let’s summarize:

    No. 11 – $11.4 million (4 yrs); $6.6 million signing bonus
    No. 12 – $10.3 million (4 yrs); 5.88 million signing bonus
    No. 13 – $10.05 million (4 yrs); unknown

  12. I PRAY my Browns don’t end up with the 12th pick next year because of that deal whomever has the #12 pick next year will have a holdout because the team is not going to want to match the crazy Raiders stepping outside the rookie wage scale lines.

  13. youarejealousof6rings says:
    Jul 25, 2013 5:30 PM
    Typical Raiders.

    Rapelisberger is 1-4 against the Raiders

  14. “godofwine330 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 6:07 PM
    I PRAY my Browns don’t end up with the 12th pick next year because of that deal whomever has the #12 pick next year will have a holdout because the team is not going to want to match the crazy Raiders stepping outside the rookie wage scale lines.”

    Don’t worry, you have nothing to worry about.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!