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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Report: Oakland's Heyward-Bey agrees to terms

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Adam Schefter, who will be joining ESPN next month, reported via his Twitter account that the Raiders have agreed to terms with top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was the seventh overall selection in April's draft.

Heyward-Bey could be on the field when the Raiders open training camp later Thursday morning. This is good news for both the Raiders and Heyward-Bey. The speedster from Maryland, whose selection was roundly criticized on draft day, needs to work on his consistency.

Thus, getting him into camp on time was critical. The Raiders and Heyward-Bey should be applauded for recognizing that. I will be at Raiders practice Thursday and I will report on Heyward-Bey's first day if he is in attendance.

Heyward-Bey was the first of five first-round picks in the AFC West to sign. Oakland has its entire draft class under contract. There are six remaining unsigned draft picks in the AFC West.