Defensive end Arden Key, third-round pick of the Oakland Raiders out of LSU, agreed to a four-year contract, the team announced on Friday.
Key’s deal is worth a projected $3.3 million, with a cap hit of $686,594 in 2018, according to figures from Overthecap.com. He was the last of the Raiders’ nine 2018 draft choices to sign.
In 2016 as a sophomore, the 6-5, 245-pound Key set a school record with 11 sacks and it was thought he would be a high draft choice if he could have another big season as a junior.
However, Key spent time in rehab for marijuana addiction, gained weight and sustained a shoulder injury, causing his draft stock to drop, and the Raiders got him with the 87th overall pick.
Key said after the draft that he learned from his mistakes and believes he is “a first-round talent. … I’m back to my 2016 (form). I got down, lost the weight.”
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after watching key in minicamp that Key “has got some special pass-rush ability.”
In Oakland, Key should learn more from standout edge pass-rushers Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin.