Just over three years after signing cornerback Joe Haden to a five-year contract extension worth $67.5 million, the Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking to end the partnership. According to Jason La Canfora, the Browns have been actively shopping Haden on the trade market in an attempt to free themselves of his hefty contract.
According to Spotrac, Haden’s contract will have a cap hit of $14.4 million in 2017-18.
Haden, selected seventh overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, has spent his entire professional career with the Browns. Last season, he accounted for 48 total tackles, 11 pass defenses and three interceptions. Haden played in 13 games in 2016-17, with groin and neck injuries forcing him out of three contests. Haden, who missed 11 games in 2015-16 due to a lingering concussion, underwent groin surgery in January.
Health issues in each of the last two seasons stymied the progress made by Haden in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, years in which he earned trips to the Pro Bowl. After accounting for 54 total tackles, four interceptions and 20 pass defenses in 2013-14 Haden was even more productive the following year, as he tallied 73 total tackles to go along with three interceptions and 20 pass defenses. Haden was also healthier in those years, as he played in 15 of the Browns’ 16 regular-season games in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Haden is listed as a starter on the team’s unofficial depth chart ahead of Thursday’s preseason finale, with Jamar Taylor in line to start at the other cornerback position. Among the other corners fighting for playing time are veterans Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun