Raiders have impending decision on DJ Hayden

The Raiders have until Monday to decide on exercising D.J. Hayden's fifth-year option. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders have until Monday to decide on exercising D.J. Hayden’s fifth-year option. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders must decide by Monday if they will pick up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback D.J. Hayden.

In all actuality, it’s not much of a decision. The Raiders would owe Hayden $8.026 million if they exercised the option to lock him up for the 2017 season. If they decline, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016 season.

Hayden’s productive level as the team’s 2012 first-round pick has come nowhere near matching even the nearly $3.3 million he’s slated to receive this year so an $8 million option is almost assuredly off the table.

“We’ll probably make that decision soon enough,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said Saturday at his post-draft news conference, stating the obvious and declining to tip his hand either way.

The Raiders this offseason signed Sean Smith to a four-year deal that includes $15 million in guarantees and go into next year banking on Smith and David Amerson as their starters.

With the drafting of first round safety Karl Joseph, it’s likely T.J. Carrie can stay at cornerback and serve as the team’s No. 3. That means Hayden is probably, at best, the Raiders’ fourth corner in 2016 assuming nobody gets injured.

It was somewhat surprising to not see McKenzie acquire a cornerback in the draft to compete with that group, but he said he likes what he has and nobody was there in the draft at a spot they liked him.

“We think we’ve got a lot of guys that can compete at cornerback,” McKenzie said. “We’re just going to throw them all out there and see who can take the job.”

That all means they like Hayden enough for him to be a guy to provide depth, but don’t bank on guaranteeing him $8 million.


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Gdog

    I am sure there would be a ton of fan-boys here distressed to think of Carr replaced by Cook.

    Which was the point.

    But do carry on!

  • Gdog


    I am out…

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    They say he might be too small to do it at the next level. Haven’t seen anyone say he couldn’t do it in college. If so, then so be it. We will see. They specifically said Perkins couldn’t even do it in school.

  • Having an opinion does not equate to “start trouble w this thing”

    your reaction is whats troubling not the fact that I simply have an opinion

  • Me quoting him is not name calling – are you drunk already deserter?

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Well I’m not. Is what I’m saying. I’m sure you classify me as a “Roo”. So I’m disputing your assumption of a “conundrum”. There is no conundrum.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    You’re assuming this great conundrum. This trap that somehow makes the “Roos” nervous or confused. There is no conundrum. Yet you guys wanna insist there is. That’s starting trouble IMO. Not exactly starting a war, but it’s a bit of trolling.

  • Teabag McKenz

    Brady was passed up by every team, including the Patriots, 5 times.

    Russell Wilson was passed up by all 32 teams twice, and half the league in the 3rd round.

    Useless displays of semantic are fun!

  • Teabag McKenz

    And Carr isn’t even remotely close to being on notice.

  • SaintKaufman

    Oh, you’re one of those Google people huh? I suppose you trust the internet as well? No thanks, I get all my info right here.

  • RaidingTexas

    Might also be location. I don’t have the same hatred of the whiners that many Raiders fans do. I had to deal with a TON of cacky cowgirl crap here in the 90s. It was brutal.

  • SlyCat

    Cook is a cheaper alternative to McGloin if he bolts to another team next year…The Raiders have a whole year to decide who is best in the backup QB role…Money is everything when you need to keep your best players from leaving for greener ($) pastures…Reggie knows what he’s doing…Keep the faith…R4L

  • DKnight007

    Might run too high for the NFL and he does not have much wiggle. I worry though that he might turn into a beast. That is the one to watch and see if Reggie made a mistake there.

  • DanfromVegas

    Carr is very good. I’ve stated that plenty of times. Missing the point.


    We dont know what booker would have been either….smh!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Uh, what I said….and then what you said….one doesn’t follow the other, oh illogical one. Karmac says, “Silly man.”

  • DKnight007

    Supposedly DeAndre can help in ST’s

  • ffjxc

    or he could be the next coming of Marques Tuiosisopo, the perennial back-up.