Titans sign Hayes to multi-year deal

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 2:14am

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with defensive end William Hayes.

Hayes, the first of three Titans fourth round selections (103rd overall), started 22 of 30 games at Winston-Salem State and recorded 150 tackles (80 solo) with 15 sacks, 37 stops for losses and 15 quarterback pressures. According to a league source, Hayes' signing bonus is just under $500,000.

As a senior in 2007, he led the nation with seven forced fumbles and tied for 10th nationally with a team-high 19 stops for losses. In his final season, he paced the Rams with 8.5 sacks and was second on the squad with 78 tackles (46 solo). Hayes, nicknamed 'Big Play Hayes,' became only the second All-American in school history since Winston-Salem State moved to the Football Championship Subdivision from the Division II level in 2006.

Additionally, the Titans waived-injured safety Rocky Schwartz, an undrafted free agent from the University of Houston.

The Titans have now agreed to terms with four of their seven draft choices. The team opens training camp on July 25th.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Have a great career with the Titans 'Big Play Hayes'. Go Titans! Win a supbowl!!!!!!

By: RTungsten on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Big Baby Hayes: Here's $500K to buy some new face stompin' boots.Love, Bud Adams

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

RTungsten = POS!