Adam Caplan of Scout.com first reported the deal and various other outlets quickly followed his lead. Terms of the deal were not released but it's a reported five-year deal worth upwards of $32 million. The Raiders would neither confirm nor deny that an agreement between the two sides had been reached.
Oakland head coach Tom Cable said he was not aware that Heyward-Bey had signed a contract but knew the two sides had been inching closer.
"I've been out here," Cable said following the first of Oakland's two practices Thursday. "I know there's been progress made but that's all I know at this point."
If true, Heyward-Bey's signing comes as a bit of a surprise. The seventh overall pick in the draft was thought to be waiting for 10th pick Michael Crabtree to sign with San Francisco to establish the market for wide receivers.
It would also allow Heyward-Bey to join his teammates at practice in Napa, having missed only the first day of workouts.
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who missed all of training camp during his rookie season while his agents haggled over a contract with the Raiders, welcomed getting the young receiver signed.
"It was kind of a setback but since he's been there during all the minicamps, he should have a pace on things," Russell said. "The way we're working, at the pace we're going now since we have a lot of young guys, the way coach is preparing in practice, he should fit right in."
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