The Cleveland Browns have made the decision to move on from Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.
In the past few days, the Cleveland Browns engaged other NFL teams in trade talks to move Joe Haden. Unable to find a team to take Haden, the Cleveland Browns decided it was time to move on from the injury plagued cornerback.
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“We want to thank Joe for all he has done for this organization both on and off the field,” head of football operations Sasha Brown told the press. “He has been a great teammate and a true asset to the Cleveland community. These are very difficult decisions, we have the utmost respect for Joe and in my eyes, he will always be a Cleveland Brown.”
The seventh pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, Haden has been an integral member of the Browns secondary. Just a few seasons prior, he was one of the best shutdown NFL cornerbacks. His effectiveness in coverage has seen a decline due to lingering injuries. Haden was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014. On a weekly basis, he defended the opponent’s best receiver.
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns had been shopping Haden for over a year. The team signed Jason McCourty to start at cornerback and were highly impressed with Boddy-Calhoun. Those views led to the Browns feeling comfortable with moving on from Haden.
Several league sources indicate Joe Haden will be signed within 24 hours of his release from the Cleveland Browns. Joe Haden’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus has reiterated those comments that his client has “tons of interest” and that “he will have a new deal with another team by tomorrow afternoon.” As an eight year pro, Haden will be free to sign with another team just eight hours after his release.
By cutting Joe Haden, the Cleveland Browns will save $6.7 million in salary cap. The main issue with finding a trade partner was his contract size. Haden signed a five-year extension worth $67.5 million in 2014 and was due to make over $11 million this season and the next two seasons.