HENDERSON, Nev. – Las Vegas Raiders signed unrestricted free agent CB Casey Hayward Jr., the club announced on Tuesday.
Versatile 5-11, 192-pound corner and defensive leader, Hayward Jr. joins the Silver and Black after spending his first nine years with the Green Bay Packers (2012-15) and Los Angeles Chargers (2016-20). Originally a second-round selection (62nd overall) by the Packers in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hayward Jr. has appeared in 129 games with 95 starts in his first nine seasons in the NFL, recording 371 tackles. (311 solo), 23 interceptions including two returned for touchdowns, 100 defensive passes, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In eight playoff games with four starts, he had 25 saves (22) and four defensive assists.
Since joining the league in 2012, Hayward Jr. ranks ninth in interceptions, while his 100 defended passes rank sixth. Hayward Jr. appeared in 107 straight games to score an NFL record among cornerbacks, while starting in 70 straight competitions, most among active cornerbacks before being broken last season.
In 2020, Hayward Jr. appeared in 14 contests and made 13 starts, recording 41 tackles (36), one interception and eight defensive assists. He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 1 after posting a career-high 12 tackles and adding two defensive assists. In 2019, he took part in all 16 competitions for the third consecutive season and was named the second All-Pro team by Pro Football Focus.
Hayward Jr. started in all 16 competitions in 2018 and was named a Pro Bowl substitute for his game that season. One of the most dominant seasons of his career, Hayward Jr. won Pro Bowl and Second Team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press in 2017 after posting a career-high 22 defensive passes, good for the second-highest number in the NFL, while also registering four interceptions. He had seven career-high interceptions in his first year with the Chargers in 2016, one of which came back for a touchdown, adding 20 defensive passes en route to his first Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honor. Hayward Jr. was also named the club’s Defensive Player of the Year that same season.
From 2012 to 2015, Hayward Jr. competed in 51 contests in his first four seasons as a member of the Packers. He posted a career-high 63 tackles (55) in 2015 while adding seven defensive assists. In 2014, he entered 16 contests for the second time in his career after missing most of the 2013 campaign with injury. That season, he had three interceptions including his first comeback for a score. As a rookie in 2012, he was named to the All-Rookie team by Professional Soccer Writers of America and won Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in October.
A native of Perry, Ga., Hayward Jr. played four seasons (2008-11) at Vanderbilt, appearing in 50 career games with 37 starts. He had 198 tackles, 15 interceptions, 46 defensive passes and three forced fumbles while on the program. He posted school records for most career interceptions and defensive passes, while also winning second-team All-American honors as a senior in 2011.