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William Hayes | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 278
College: Winston-Salem
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 4 (103) / TEN
Contract: view contract details

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Dolphins re-signed DE William Hayes to a one-year contract.
Hayes only saw 271 snaps last season, but made the most of them, earning PFF's No. 5 run-stopping grade among 4-3 defensive ends. The 32-year-old underwent hamstring surgery at the end of last year but it's not a lingering concern. In Miami, Hayes will be reunited with former Rams teammate, Robert Quinn. Mar 14 - 8:37 PM

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Dolphins DE William Hayes will undergo season-ending hamstring surgery.

There were rumors Hayes would be shut down last week, and coach Adam Gase confirmed them on Monday. He should be placed on injured reserve this week. Hayes recorded one sack over 10 games his first season with the Dolphins.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Dolphins DL William Hayes (back) could be shut down for the season.

This would be a serious downgrade for Miami with Hayes playing 43 percent of snaps in a rotational role. Hayes has top-five PFF run stopping grades. There should be more clarity on his status next week.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 07:31:00 PM

Dolphins restructured DE William Hayes' contract.

Hayes was acquired from the Rams for a sixth-round pick last week. He did have two years remaining on his deal, but the Dolphins axed the final year, which will make him a free agent following the season. Hayes also had his 2017 base salary reduced by $800,000 and his $2 million roster bonus converted into a signing bonus.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Dolphins acquired DE William Hayes from the Rams in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

The Rams are also sending a seventh-rounder Miami's way. The Rams were apparently going to cut Hayes, and this was a way to get something for nothing. Going on 32, Hayes has been an effective situational pass rusher, generating 26.5 sacks as a part-timer over the past five seasons. He'll provide juice for a Dolphins line that seems comfortable rotating players in and out.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:57:00 AM

Rams re-signed DE William Hayes to a three-year, $17.5 million contract.

The deal contains $10 million guaranteed and carries a maximum value of $21 million. Despite being a 30-year-old rusher with zero seasons of more than seven sacks, Hayes was a hot name during the tampering window. The Rams were "intent" on keeping Hayes to replace the released Chris Long, however, and they paid up to keep their man. Hayes will bookend RE Robert Quinn.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 03:53:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Rams are "intent" on keeping free agent DE William Hayes.

Hayes will have a strong market as long as he's patient. Once the top couple pass rushers are snatched up, he'd have a strong case to be next in line for a pay day. But Hayes has made it known he'd like to re-sign with the Rams, and Los Angeles views him as its replacement for Chris Long.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:16:00 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins have "strong interest" in free agent DE William Hayes.

Reportedly close to a deal with Mario Williams which could spell the end for Cameron Wake, signing William Hayes could allow Miami to rescind the transition tag placed on Olivier Vernon. The Rams reportedly hope to re-sign Hayes, and the Giants are expected to be involved as well. 31 in May, Hayes has never recorded more than seven sacks in a season.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 01:19:00 PM

NJ Advance Media reports the Giants have expressed interest in free agent DEs William Hayes and Adrian Clayborn.

The Giants also are reportedly interested in bringing back both Robert Ayers and Jason Pierre-Paul, brought in Charles Johnson for a visit, and are expected to be involved in the market for transitioned-tagged Olivier Vernon. There were also rumors of interest in Mario Williams, but NJ Advance Media reports he "does not appear to be an option at this time." Upgrading the defensive line appears to be New York's No. 1 priority.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 08:28:00 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins like impending free agent DE William Hayes "very much."

With Olivier Vernon able to negotiate with other teams on his transition tag, the Dolphins would be wise to explore other options in free agency. One could be Hayes, but the Rams will do everything they can to re-sign a player they reportedly see as the replacement for released DE Chris Long. Even if they strike out on Hayes, the Dolphins should be involved with every top defensive end available.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 01:27:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer considers impending free agent DE William Hayes a good fit for the Panthers.

The Panthers are in the market for a defensive end after losing Jared Allen to retirement. Olivier Vernon is expected to re-sign with Miami while the other free agent headliner, Malik Jackson, is likely out of Carolina's price range. Hayes could be a value signing on a two-year deal heading into his age-31 season. If Hayes ends up re-signing with Los Angeles -- which seems likely given how much cap space the Rams have -- the Panthers could pursue other free agents like Robert Ayers, Adrian Clayborn, Chris Long or Jason Pierre-Paul.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 10:03:00 AM

The Rams hope to re-sign free agent DE William Hayes to take over as their starting left end.

Left end is a weakness after Chris Long's release. Hayes severely outplayed Long last season, registering 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, and stamping out the run on early downs. In what's expected to be a spendy 2016 free agent market, Hayes may end up costing more than the Rams think.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Rams DE William Hayes was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury during the Rams' Week 9 game against the 49ers.

Hayes was able to get off the field under his own power, but was placed on the cart after being examined on the sideline. He is questionable to return. Hayes had two sacks before leaving the game.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Rams DE William Hayes underwent three offseason surgeries.

Coach Jeff Fisher didn't reveal details. They were all likely of the clean-up variety. Hayes sprained his MCL last September, but appeared in 14 games. Over the past two seasons, he's racked up 12 sacks as the third end behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Hayes, 29, will fill the same role again in 2014.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Rams DE William Hayes has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

Hayes was forced from Sunday's loss in the first quarter. He's week to week. Eugene Sims will fill in as the Rams' top sub behind Robert Quinn and Chris Long.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
DE1Robert Quinn
2Cameron Wake
3William Hayes
4Andre Branch
5Charles Harris
DT1Jordan Phillips
2Davon Godchaux
3Gabe Wright
4Vincent Taylor
MLB1Raekwon McMillan
2Chase Allen
3Mike Hull
WLB1Kiko Alonso
2Terence Garvin
SLB1Stephone Anthony
2Lamin Barrow
CB1Xavien Howard
2Cordrea Tankersley
3Bobby McCain
4Tony Lippett
5Torry McTyer
FS1T.J. McDonald
2Jordan Lucas
3Maurice Smith
SS1Reshad Jones
2Trae Elston
P1Matt Haack