Cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year, $68 million deal with the Cleveland Browns on May 13.
Joe Haden signed a five-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on May 13.
This was confirmed by Kevin Jones of the Browns' official website:
"On Tuesday, Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden signed a five-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns.
"'This is a great day for both Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns,' general manager Ray Farmer said. '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.'
"Haden, 25, is regarded as a premiere shutdown cornerback in the NFL."
The Northeast Ohio Media Group's Mary Kay Cabot says Haden's deal is worth $68 million:
"The Browns have locked up their lockdown corner.
"The've signed Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden to a blockbuster five-year contract extension through 2019, and a source told Cleveland.com it's worth $68 million.
"The deal includes a $45 million total guarantee and a $23 million full guarantee for injury. It also includes a $14 million signing bonus and is worth an average of $13.6 million a year.
"Haden, the No. 7 overall pick in 2010, exceeded the contract of Seattle (Seahawks) cornerback Richard Sherman on the new money every year and on both guarantees, the source said. Sherman's four-year extension is worth $56 million, including a $12.431 million signing bonus and a $14 million average."
Haden tweeted the good news along with a photo of him signing his new mega deal. He said,"Proud 2 announce that i signed a 5year extension with the Browns! 68M with 45 guaranteed!"
According to ESPN, Haden's deal is a year longer than Sherman's, making the latter's contract bigger in terms of guaranteed new money.
Sherman congratulated Haden on Twitter, saying,"Congrats to @joehaden23 great deal bro."
Haden also spoke with Cabot in minicamp last month to share his thoughts on staying in Cleveland.
"I like it here. I want to start winning here. I embrace the city. I like the city. The fans, they like me here and I just think if you start somewhere -- I started here and I want to finish here.
"In Cleveland, if we can start winning here, there would be statues and everything. I'm like, 'Why go somewhere else?
"The coaching staff, the scheme, the players that we have and then with all of these draft picks we have, just the Pro Bowlers -- there's no reason why we can't change it around."
Jones then lists several of Haden's impressive performances against some of the best wide receviers in the league last season. Among his best showings were against the Kansas City Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe and the Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green, who managed just eight and seven receiving yards against him in Week 8 and 11, respectively.
Jones also spoke with Browns head coach Mike Pettine, who emphasized the importance re-signing one of the most important cogs of their defense.
"It's important for us to extend our core players and continue to grow with guys that represent everything we want this team to be: Tough, hard-working and passionate.
"Joe obviously loves his teammates, and he loves this city."
Haden has 234 tackles, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 13 interceptions in his four-year NFL career, per ESPN stats.
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