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William Hayes | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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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. Mar 9 - 3:53 PM

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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.
Mar 9 - 9:16 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.
Mar 8 - 1:19 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.
Mar 8 - 8:28 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.
Mar 1 - 1:27 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.
Feb 21 - 10:03 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.
Feb 20 - 12:42 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

Rams DE William Hayes exited Sunday's Week 3 game with a knee injury and is doubtful to return.

Hayes left in the first quarter before returning for one play. He limped off and appears to be done for the day. Eugene Sims will be the No. 3 end.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Rams re-signed DE William Hayes to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

It's a nice keep for the Rams. Hayes had a career year in St. Louis in 2012 with seven sacks as a rotational lineman, and he likely could have gotten a chance to start elsewhere had he hit the open market. Hayes will be the No. 3 end with the Rams. Coach Jeff Fisher likes to kick him inside on passing downs.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 03:18:00 PM reports the Lions are expected to make a heavy push for free agent DE William Hayes, and are one of several teams "actively pursuing" him.

Beat writer Anwar Richardson believes Hayes is the Lions' No. 2 target after Reggie Bush. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that Hayes was unlikely to re-sign with St. Louis. A five-year veteran who has experience in coach Jim Schwartz's system, Hayes would make a lot of sense for a team that's likely to lose Cliff Avril and Sammie Lee Hill in free agency.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 02:27:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the market for free agent DE William Hayes is expected to be "much higher" than the Rams are willing to pay.

Hayes had a career year in 2012 as the Rams' No. 3 end, and he's likely looking to capitalize by finding a team that will allow him the chance to start. That's not going to be in St. Louis with Robert Quinn and Chris Long entrenched as starters. A team like the Lions would make a lot of sense for Hayes.
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher says the Rams want to re-sign free agent DE William Hayes.

Hayes came over from the Titans to rejoin Fisher in 2012 and had the best year of his career. He played all 16 games and recorded a career-high seven sacks off the bench. The Rams' website recently called re-signing Hayes a "must."
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 02:16:00 PM

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