The Las Vegas Raiders have hired cornerback Casey Hayward Jr., the team said, which did not disclose terms of the deal.
The move reunites Hayward with Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who worked with the cornerback in the same position with the Los Angeles Chargers for the past four seasons. The Raiders signed Bradley last January.
Hayward had played five years with the Chargers, who released him last March.
Hayward, 31, was in 14 games last season, 13 of them as a starter. He finished with an interception and eight passes defended. He was inactive for the Nov. 29 game at Buffalo, ending a 107-game streak he had participated in.
During his five seasons with the Chargers, Hayward had 66 deflected passes to lead the AFC in that span. He also led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2016 and was selected to the Pro Bowl that year and in 2017.
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The Raiders hope the cornerback can regain his level and give stability to a young perimeter. The Raiders had been projected to start as starting cornerbacks to players taken in the last three drafts in the position such as Trayvon Mullen, Damon Arnette and Amik Robertson in the slot zone and to safeties Jonathan Abram and Trevon Moehrig, second-round collegiate selection in 2021.
Arnette battled as a rookie last season after being drafted in the first round and Hayward gives the black and silver guys an option at outside cornerback if Arnette doesn’t improve or move to the slot zone.
Hayward spent the first four seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in the second round of the 2012 draft. He has 23 interceptions, 100 deflections and 385 tackles in his nine-year NFL career.
AP contributed to this report.