The Cleveland Browns have officially made cornerback Joe Haden to the highest paid cornerback in all of football after re-signing him to a new long-term contract. A source close to Pro Football Talk proclaims 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.
Haden's new deal will keep him in Cleveland through the 2019 season and also shows the franchise's commitment to him as well. After drafting cornerback Justin Gilbert who was the number one ranked defensive back in the draft, along with Haden will provide a tough secondary who potentially will cause a lot of trouble for receivers.
Since being drafted to Cleveland in the 2010 NFL Draft, Haden has been very productive to say the least. Although he doesn't get a ton of interceptions (4 in 2013), he is a shutdown corner who doesn't allow a ton of catches or touchdowns. Next season he will be learning a new defense under new head coach Mike Pettine, but the Browns obviously have no doubt that he’s one of the players they want to not only bolster their defense for the future, but also to build their team around. At the tender age of 25 he definitely has a lot of years left in him and Cleveland is aware of that.
We have head the reports about wide receiver Josh Gordon who will be suspended for the entire 2014 season due to his failed drug test. Other than that issue the Browns organization has long term goals to put this franchise in a winning position for the future and the future looks bright for them indeed. Also with the addition of the one and only Johnny Manziel who they drafted late in the first round there is so much to be excited about if you’re a Browns fan not only next season, but for the future of this franchise.
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