Joe Haden’s “holdout” lasted half a day.
After missing Saturday morning’s practice, the Browns cornerback agreed to terms on a five-year deal. The No. 7 overall pick will get a five year contract worth a maximum of $50 million, with $26 million guaranteed according to his agent. Both Jason La Canfora of NFL Network and May Cay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer have the same numbers.
Haden immediately becomes one of the highest paid cornerbacks in football despite legitimate questions about his speed and ability to translate into a true No. 1 cornerback. Eric Mangini downplayed concerns about Haden’s quickness.
“A lot of rookies don’t play as fast as they can at this point,” said Mangini. “They’re thinking.”
For now, Haden will probably work behind a solid duo in Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown.