From the Cleveland Browns to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Haden has made an AFC North switch.
The veteran cornerback, who is entering his seventh season in the NFL. Haden is a former first round pick, taken by the Browns with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Haden was released by the Browns on Wednesday morning, and the Steelers had the deal done before 5 o’clock on Wednesday night.
In six years with the Browns, Haden has racked up accolades like being a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback and a second-team All-Pro in 2013.
According to ESPN, who first broke the news, the deal is worth $27 million for three years. $7 million is guaranteed for the first year.
According to ESPN, other teams interested in Haden were the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints.
On Wednesday night, ESPN analyst Adam Schefer tweeted, “Steelers CB Joe Haden had bigger offers from other teams that he turned down because he wanted Pittsburgh. Haden a Steeler.”
The Steelers will kick off their season against Haden’s former team, on Sept. 10. The game will be held at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
“A fierce competitor,” said wide receiver Antonio Brown. “A tough opponent. And someone you have to be ready for and prepared for. He is strong, he is fast.”
Despite being signed today, Haden will not appear in the preseason. The Steelers will travel down south to face the Carolina Panthers tomorrow night in their final preseason game.
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