A league source tells PFT that the deal includes a $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed at signing and another $23 million guaranteed for injury. The signing bonus, the full guarantee and the amount guaranteed for injury all surpass the deal that Richard Sherman just signed with Seattle.
The extension will lock Haden up through 2019 and solidfy the Browns secondary for years to come with him, Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir and Donte Whitner. Giving Haden more money then Sherman is interesting given that Sherman is seen as the best corner in the league, though he hasn’t played at the same consistent high level as long as Haden has. Haden has had his troubles, including being suspended for performance enhancing substances (reportedly Adderall). On the field Haden has been a vocal leader, highly involved with the community off the field and a solid pro all around. He has struggled with double moves but besides those momentary weaknesses has been superb on defense.
Haden is physical in the run game. Strong enough to press players, a must in the Mike Pettine system. Smart enough in zone coverage. Confident enough to not let one bad play impact him. Dedicated enough to play on special teams. And passionate and vocal in getting crowds into the games. Haden seems to truly enjoy the game of football.
Locking up Haden allows the Browns to focus on other free agents for next year, including Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor and Jordan Cameron. Josh Gordon and Brian Hoyer also have contracts coming up but last week, drafting of Johnny Manziel and Gordon’s possible suspension, could greatly influence those decisions. For now a player that had to be locked up, is. And Cleveland fans have another reason to celebrate.
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