Steelers Ink Former Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden to Three-Year Deal

The Steelers today shored up their secondary, picking up 28-year-old cornerback Joe Haden, who was released this morning by the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns.

It’s a stunning move for a team that obviously feels they need help in the defensive backfield, as the team inked Haden to a three-year deal worth $27 million.

Haden was set to make $11.1 million this season for the Browns, who didn’t feel the salary for the former Pro Bowl CB was worth it.

Last season he tied for the team lead with the Browns with three interceptions, and had 48 tackles, 11 passes defensed and played in 15 of the teams’ 16 games as the Browns struggled to a 1-15 campaign.

The defensive backfield the Steelers now looks like Haden, Artie Burns, William Gay, Ross Cockrell, Coty Sensabaugh and Cameron Sutton.

One Steelers player who was excited about the pickup of Haden to the roster was Le’Veon Bell, who tweeted as such earlier today.

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3 Comments on "Steelers Ink Former Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden to Three-Year Deal"

  1. In a nut shell , if Haden is healthy the Steelers secondary just went from a weakness to a strength with the stroke of a pen . This guy had at least ten other teams wanting him and he chose the Steelers . That means alot . At the end of the day this could be the signing that puts the Steelers back in the Super Bowl . Awesome signing !

  2. Interesting! I love it! I am so glad they kept not only Hilton but Brian Allen and Watson the RB. So far, in this offseason, I like what I am seeing: stockpiling back end draft picks by getting rid of subpar players, obviously keeping the essentials to win now while at the same time creating somewhat of a nest if you will of young players to potentially be ready when the next QB arrives…which could be soon if they so choose to, within the next year or two, package Bell, a first round and second round to move up and grab the QB if he is indeed there in the top ten. Good job, Tomlin, Colbert. I’ll reserve (full and complete) judgement on Tomlin, however until he can figure out a gameplan to get back to AFC title, unseat NE and bring in number 7.

  3. The reason I said that last sentence is because now HE, NOT Belichick, in my opinion, has the better roster with which to work.

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