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.