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PFT: Browns and Joe Haden agree to contract extension

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Well we can put one of those long-term worries to bed…

According to Michael David Smith of NBC Sports Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns and their All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the former Florida Gator in Brown and Orange through 2019.

The report states:

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.

This is a move that will be applauded by everyone within the organization and the fan base. Haden is “Mr. Cleveland.” Nobody has embraced this city quite the way he has. He is a fixture at Cavs and Indians games and supports the community as well as any athlete we have seen here in decades. Haden loves Cleveland and the feeling is mutual. Now we get to see him stick around for potentially six more years.

“This is a great day for both Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns general manager Ray Farmer via press release. “Joe’s a good, young player who’s made a commitment to our organization, and he’s somebody with whom we want to move forward in order to advance our football team. He’s a great person. He’s the right guy to both build with and build around as we attempt to become an elite football team.”

The hope is that pairing one of the game’s elite corners in Haden with rookie first rounder Justin Gilbert and a pair of hard-hitting safeties in Donte Whitner and ball-hawk Tashaun Gipson, the Browns will have a secondary that can potentially rival what is going on in Seattle. I think we would all sign up for that.

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  • RGB

    Johhny, find this man. Hang with this man. Be This MAN.

  • mgbode

    Yaayyy. Was not expecting this news until July. Great job by Farmer to continue on his aggressive path from the draft in getting Haden locked up.

    Here is how passing offenses will feel when facing our defense:

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs3/1243222_o.gif

  • RGB
  • mgbode

    How our pass defense will treat opposing offenses…

    http://cdn.rsvlts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Mike-Tyson-GIF-049.gif

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ WFNYRick

    Perfect.

  • CB Everett

    ha never before have I wanted to know the back story of a weird gif like this one.

    1. School for the blind, “trust building exercise”?
    2. A woman tied up in a hostage situation, as the boy tries to fend off the invisible assailant?
    3. A boy proves his love for his Buttercup by running through a wall?

  • RGB

    Yep. When Mingo is a safety. :D

  • mgbode

    he can blitz from 20yds back and our CBs will still have everyone covered

  • mgbode

    my favorite part is the girl completely ignoring him running and falling. no responses of any kind.

    so, I assume that he is doing whatever he can to get her attention even if it leads to a concussion. but, despite those attempts, she’s still staring off at the blond haired QB on the other side of the room.

  • ottograham14

    Needed to get done IMO before Patterson’s. He is looking at this number now and licking his chops which Haden probably would have been if Pat signed before him. Good move by Farmer.

  • nxmehta

    If there’s one guy on the team that’s earned this, it’s Haden.

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Not sure Haden is worthy of top DB money, but this had to get done. Way to put some of that salary cap cash to use, Mr. Farmer.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Farmer = GM of the Year???? To soon????

  • markn95

    Good to have this no-brainer done, and ahead of schedule. If you have a Pro Bowl player (and arguably a top 5 guy at his position), sign him to a long-term contract with a substantial signing bonus. Browns’ regimes past have been alarmingly bad wen it comes to this keep-it-simple-stupid approach (read: Phil Dawson, Josh Cribbs). Even this regime made the Alex Mack saga a little more complicated than it should have been. Good to see that

    Now just remember to have Justin Gilbert cover Antonio Brown in both PIT games (and maybe switch him over to Cecil Shorts III in the 4Q vs. Jacksonville. :)

  • steve-o

    Haden locks down one side of the field on the other Gilbert’s island. Available on Sundays for three hour tour.

  • jewpants47

    …and Thomas. but yes

  • bcoop5881

    So the Haden injury watch commences in 3..2..1?

  • Hopwin

    Dude got PAID!

  • bcoop5881

    Love Haden, just typical Browns pessimism as my first thought in reading the extension.

  • Hopwin

    I guess someone needed to catch all the cash that Gordon threw away this year.

  • jewpants47
  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • bcoop5881

    Wait, so your telling me we got some good news that won’t eventually turn sour? I’m in. I’m in.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    DON’T TEMPT THE FOOTBALL GOD’S JUST ENJOY IT FOR NOW. In other words, shuuuuuuuuuuush!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Those were the days…for the modern Browns fans this is the last time the organization had two legitimate corner backs at the same time.

  • Toddyus

    Josh Gordon, find this man. Hang with.. Oh, to hell with it.

  • mgbode
  • mgbode

    at this point, keep Josh Gordon away from Haden. you know, just in case.

  • Garry_Owen

    Man, I had that poster!

  • humboldt

    My title for the gif would be “Browns playoff hopes in November”

  • humboldt

    Let me adjust that: “Browns playoff hopes in November, 2003-2013″

  • crobarred

    Moves like these make me feel better about the future of this team and the front office running it. I’m still a bit pessimistic but I blame that on the “blow up the team/front office/etc… after every two years” mentality that previous ownership had.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    dont have to worry about the dreaded henne-to-shorts/sanders matchups anymore.

  • MrCleaveland

    Joe Banner does not approve.

  • mgbode

    I wonder if Pettine will give Gilbert the Sammy Watkins assignment on November 30th so that Justin can show he was the correct player to target.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I think #23 will want him some Sammy!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Absolutely plus they haven’t even played one game. The new first time coaching staff has to develop the talent Farmer added. Long way to go but so far so good.

  • Harv 21

    ok, youse who love to play the He’ll Be a Role Model to Young Player story angle, there’s a chance here with the top draft pick because:

    - they play the same position, will be in the same meeting rooms, workng on the same stuff.

    - with Cheech gone, Haden is now the best player on the team, and in his prime.

    - They’re only 4-5 years apart in age.

    - Joe just signed for megamillions, the type of role modeling every young guy is up for.

    We cannot say Joe and the kid will hit it off, but the potential for Joe’s newly found good habits to rub off are there. As cocky as Frank Minniefield was the moment he came from the USFL, he always credited learning how to study film with Hanford as what made him a top corner.

  • RGB

    Gotta be Chong.
    Cheech is too short.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Hopefully it is about an hour show full of lots of three-and-outs….and the other two hours is a show about a productive, clock consuming offense that piles up points.

  • CB Everett

    Wait, did you stop today to give thanks to Banner & Lombardi for the cap space to sign Haden? Too soon?!

  • mgbode

    I am going to spill a little coffee to thank each of the previous front offices for having such terrible drafts that we didn’t need to sign players to 2nd contracts, which allows us all of this room in our cap.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    just for fun, you should start an online petition to bring back joe banner and mike lombardi. would be interesting to see the count.

  • CB Everett

    ha I like it. I’ll get that circulating…if for no other reason than to toy with Jason LaCanfora’s emotions.

  • RGB

    Is that a bannable offense?