Casey Hayward agrees to three-year deal with San Diego Chargers

Casey Hayward
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Casey Hayward was one of the best names still available on the free agent market, but he has been taken off that list. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a three-year deal with Hayward worth $15.3 million.

San Diego has been needing some help in their secondary and Hayward is the type of piece that can help them in a big way. He never seemed to find his groove with the Green Bay Packers, mainly due to injury issues. While injuries were a problem, he showed major flashes of brilliance throughout his tenure in Green Bay as well.

Throughout his first four NFL seasons with the Packers, Hayward put up very good numbers. He racked up 169 total tackles, nine interceptions, a defensive touchdown and 35 defensed passes.

Those numbers are going to help improve the San Diego defense, assuming Hayward can stay healthy.

Green Bay is going to miss having the depth that Hayward brought to them. He was always a playmaking threat defensively, although he didn’t show that ability last season. Hayward was a nice fit in Dom Capers’ defense, but leaving and starting fresh is a very good idea for the former Vanderbilt star.

Needless to say, it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Hayward is able to put up in 2016 with the Chargers. They are going to be asking him to fill a fairly large role if he works out how they expect him to. San Diego got him on a very friendly contract as well, which is a huge reason this is such a big move for them.

Expect to see Hayward compete for a starting job and don’t be surprised to see him turn things around in his fresh start with the Chargers.

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