The Cleveland Browns aren’t necessarily known for their ability to run a tight ship. In fact, as far as NFL franchises are concerned, they rival — and likely beat — the Detroit Lions, a franchise that went 0-16 in 2008.
So yeah, when Cleveland is looking to make a move, it makes sense to question whether or not it’s the right move.
That advice becomes even more relevant when the Browns are looking at shopping one of their top players, which is reportedly what they’re trying to do in the run up to the 2017 season.
Jason La Canfora, long time NFL reporter, is reporting that he’s hearing from multiple teams across the NFL that the Browns are calling them and trying to shop Joe Haden.
Per La Canfora, the motivation behind putting Haden on the chopping block is his contract, and specifically the Browns’ desire to get rid of it.
According to Spotrac.com, Haden still has 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 currently have 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 Clevland 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.