The Cleveland Browns' new regime really likes Joe Haden.
The team and the standout cornerback have come together on a new five-year extension through the 2019 season, per Pro Football Talk, that could pay him a maximum value of $68 million and $45 million of it guaranteed ($22 million at signing and another $23 million for injury).
Browns and Haden's reps (Rosenhaus Bros.) hammered out the extension over the last two days. Both sides wanted it done.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 13, 2014
Haden is a very good player, and we're excited to see what a top-two corner pairing of Haden and first-round pick (did you forget about him amid Manziel Mania?) Justin Gilbert will look like. Head coach Mike Pettine might be putting together quite the defense in Cleveland.
However, more than $9 million guaranteed per year is a steep price, even for a player of Haden's stature. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who feels he can leverage Richard Sherman's deal to get his own lucrative extension, must feel emboldened now.
But back to the Browns a moment. It has been a wild few days for the franchise, from the Gilbert trade that netted two Buffalo Bills draft picks next year (including their first-rounder) to taking Johnny Manziel to finding out Josh Gordon could miss significant time, and now this deal.
It's seldom boring in Cleveland, which has undergone more change and upheaval of almost any team in the NFL these past six months and whose chatty owner has his own personal situation to worry about, with a possible indictment for his business dealings.
We have a feeling there are going to be some fireworks with the Browns this season. We're just not sure if they'll be good or bad.
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