Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Grimes Signs Long Term Deal: Impact on Joe Haden

Brent Grimes, a free agent target last off-season for the Cleveland Browns, who could of been a free agent signed a long term contract with the Miami Dolphins. His contract could impact the Browns extension talks with Joe Haden. The terms have not been released but ESPN has some inside information:

The Dolphins have not disclosed terms of the extension, but Grimes told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he signed a four-year contract.

The deal is worth $32 million and includes $16 million in guaranteed money, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Browns may have shown renewed interest in Grimes this off-season but with his resigning could have had their negotiations with Haden. The players are comparable in some ways and different in others. Lets take a look then take a guess at Haden’s next contract:

  • Grimes is a free agent that could sign anywhere in a few days, that generally ups the contract amount.
  • Haden can’t be a free agent until after next year, and the Browns could franchise tag him.
  • Haden is the far superior talent.
  • Grimes had a season ending injury before signing a 1 year deal with a new team.
  • Haden was the Browns first round pick making him a key franchise guy.

The bigger issue for Haden’s extension talks are the other players at his position and how much they have gotten paid. The top corners in the league make around 10 million dollars while Darrelle Revis makes 16 million. Haden’s contract will be negotiated with the more favorable salary cap as well. The better younger corners in the league, including Richard Sherman, will all be looking to get paid top dollar very soon. Haden’s contract could set the bar. Expect him to fight for 12 to 13 million a year for 4 to 5 years. Will Ray Farmer be willing to pay that much? Can he front load the contract to spend cap space this year and keep future cap space safe? Will Haden want to test the market for his services or will he commit to the project that is the Browns?

Would you have paid Grimes that much? Is Haden worth a 5 year, $70 million dollar contract? Do you think he sticks around?

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