September 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) is congratulated by offensive linesman Menelik Watson (71) after they scored a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Sign Menelik Watson to Rookie Contract


The Oakland Raiders have signed offensive lineman Menelik Watson to a rookie contract, the team announced. Watson was the Raiders’ second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Watson, a junior last season at Florida State, is 6’5″ and weighs 310 pounds.

“He recorded a 27.5-inch vertical jump and 19 strength lifts,” said Gil Brandt of the NFL Network. “Watson played right tackle at Florida State but the feeling is he can play left tackle. He reminds people of boxer Lennox Lewis because of his accent and gold tooth. This is a kid who has only player one year of football. He’s from Manchester, England, and very good offensive lineman.”

Watson’s deal will be worth four years, according to the NFL’s rookie wage scale.

The signing of Watson means that only first round pick D.J. Hayden remains without a contract. The rookie cornerback did not show up at training camp on Wednesday, reports CSN Bay Area, and “several requests for comment from Hayden’s agent were not returned.”

Hayden’s health has surely been a big issue for the Raiders. He is recovering from surgery earlier this offseason that removed scar tissue from his abdomen, and last year, he nearly died when he ruptured his inferior vena cava during practice in college.

Could this be why it is taking so long for the Raiders and Hayden to come to terms on a contract?

Nonetheless, the cornerback assured fans on Wednesday that he is doing just fine:

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