March 22 2018

Browns release veteran CB Joe Haden

March 22 2018, 04:04 | Sammy Rose

Jackson Trade rumors around Joe Haden not surprising but actually making deal would

Jackson Trade rumors around Joe Haden not surprising but actually making deal would

While it's worth noting that Haden reportedly played through 2016 with an injured hernia, his recent decline is still noteworthy.

On Wednesday, the team released the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback. Haden has played in just 18 games since 2014, with three interceptions and 13 pass breakups in those two years. Not coincidentally, a severe concussion and groin injuries have corresponded with a massive drop-off in performance.

Another question that arises with this signing is what happens to the other cornerbacks on the Steelers roster. Haden is going to want to sign with a team where he won't have to compete. New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and the Dallas Cowboys are among the teams that expressed interest in Haden, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson. The sight had to make the stomachs turn of some Browns fans.

There are arguments for bringing Haden in though.

"He's having one of his best camps". Haden is only 28-years-old, which means he has a lot left in the tank and is ready to put the league on notice that he is still one of the best corners in the game of football.

The Eagles already addressed the corner position with a trade this month, acquiring Ronald Darby from the Bills for Jordan Matthews and a third-round draft pick. Mickey Loomis needs to be on the phone and booking a flight for Haden right now.

Haden and his agent Drew Rosenhaus are probably aiming higher.

Green Bay Packers - The Packers' cornerbacks struggled greatly last season and their secondary could still use some improvement if the Packers want to contend this season.

The Packers need depth as they lost Julius Peppers and Datone Jones in free agency.

The Browns are still rebuilding and they felt Haden had become too expensive and too injury prone.

The Green Bay Packers have signed veteran linebacker Ahmad Brooks, five days after the San Francisco 49ers released their second longest tenured player. Not only has he went to him for advice, but he also considers Haden one of the biggest leaders on the Browns while he continues to make plays on the field.

Haden is familiar to San Francisco's secondary coach Jeff Hafley, who coached him in Cleveland in 2014 and 2015.

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