The Raiders are not expected to use their fifth-year option for cornerback D.J. Hayden, a source tells Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). It was long anticipated that the Raiders would decline the option on Hayden’s 2017 season.
The Raiders probably didn’t have a hard time pondering Hayden’s $8.03MM option given his performance. However, with Hayden potentially not in the team’s plans beyond this season, it is a little surprising to see that GM Reggie McKenzie did not tap a corner in this year’s draft.
As of this writing, Hayden is likely slated to be the No. 4 cornerback on the Raiders’ depth chart in 2016. The Raiders group of corners also includes new addition Sean Smith, David Amerson, and Travis Carrie.
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