NAPA (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden to a contract before the first training camp practice.
The team announced the deal on Thursday, assuring that the entire 10-player draft class will be on hand when practice begins Friday.
It still has not been determined whether Hayden will be able to participate in practice right away after he underwent offseason abdominal surgery.
Hayden’s offseason got cut short when he needed surgery in late May to remove scar tissue from the abdominal region. That operation came months after a near-fatal practice injury that ended his college career at Houston early.
Harvin’s hip major concern
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gets new deal
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension. A person familiar with the situation says Ryan’s extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The person says Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension.
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The Dallas Cowboys announced a multi-year, multimillion-dollar branding deal Thursday that will change the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium. … The Indianapolis Colts cut tight end Weslye Saunders on Thursday, one week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy. … Offensive tackle Eric Winston says he has agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.