The lowly Cleveland Browns are looking to make yet another move, and this time it involves former two-time Pro Bowler Joe Haden following the acquisitions of Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun’s emergence.
According to Spotrac.com, Haden still had three years on his contract, including 2017. Cleveland signed him to a five-year, $67.5 million contract in 2014 with a $16 million signing bonus. He’s not scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent until after the 2018 season, and apparently, the Browns caught a case of buyer’s remorse.
That’s not to say Haden hasn’t been good for Cleveland. He just has a hearty contract, and frankly, he’s dropped off in play a bit since initially entering the league.
The Browns drafted Hayden out of Florida with the seventh overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft. In his rookie season, he notched six interceptions, 50 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. He’s snagged 10 interceptions since, not including the three he picked off in 2016, but his play never got back up to the level we saw in his rookie season, and it is worth mentioning that he did only play five games in 2015 due to a season-ending concussion.
Haden is good, but is he worth what Cleveland is paying for him? More importantly, is he worth what Cleveland is paying for him for the next three seasons?
Apparently, the Browns think not, despite the fact that he’s one of their best players.
Plenty of teams are expected to fight for his services, including playoff contenders Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.