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Raiders not picking up fifth year option on DJ Hayden contract

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Today was the day for teams to decide whether to pick up the 5th year options on players from the 2013 draft. For the Raiders, that was 12th overall pick DJ Hayden, who the team has elected not to exercise that fifth year option according to multiple reports, while several other teams have announced they will be picking up fifth year options on their 2013 first rounders.

What this means is following the 2016 season, Hayden's contract will be up and he will become an unrestricted free agent at  that time, if not sooner if he is released.

Last season, Hayden fell down the depth chart considerably and coming into camp, he will be fighting for a roster spot. The team added David Amerson last season, who stepped into a starting role, and Sean Smith was a big free agent addition this offseason.

The favorite to land the third cornerback spot is former seventh round pick, TJ Carrie. The team also showed the value they place in Neiko Thorpe when they placed a second round RFA tender on him this offseason, which pays $2.55 million this season.