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Joe Haden “just trying to ball” while contract talks continue


There’s plenty of time to go before Browns cornerback Joe Haden’s contract expires after the 2014 season, but the Browns and Haden’s representatives are continuing the extension discussions that they started back in February.

Haden wants to remain in Cleveland and says that the team’s brass has sent him the message that they want him to remain around, which is a good starting place for any negotiation. Eager though he may be to get a deal done, Haden plans to let that negotiation take its course while he focuses on football.

“I’m just trying to ball,” Haden said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The business thing, it is a business and everybody has to understand that, too. The team wants to do what they got to do. Players are going to do what they want to do, so I’m just trying to ball right now. I’ve got a really good agent and he’s handling that part.”

Haden is playing for his fourth different head coach and third front office regime since the Browns made him a first-round choice in 2010, but he has been one of the few bright spots for the team through all of those changes. Whether it is with a new deal or via a tag next year, we’d expect that continues for at least two more seasons.

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9 Responses to “Joe Haden “just trying to ball” while contract talks continue”
  1. jjb0811 says: May 2, 2014 9:01 AM

    Trade him for a 1st round pick. Give the new coach & GM 3 in the 1st to really build their team.

  2. torpedo8 says: May 2, 2014 9:03 AM

    I feel much better about this draft coming up than I did last year. And outside of Mingo and Gilkey, no one on that experiment has really surfaced.

    Secondary help will be important. We definitely need someone new to push Buster to the nickel (where he shines).

    They’ll get this done. Haden wants to stay, they want him to stay. They’ve got the $$$. Things are looking up.

  3. sean222 says: May 2, 2014 9:14 AM

    It is time to sure up the stars like Haden and Gordon now with all that cap space. Add Cameron to the mix and finalize what the real cap will be. Don’t play games and wait. the franchise cannot aford to lose these players.

  4. alshonbrandontandem says: May 2, 2014 9:19 AM

    We’ll give you our 2 six rd picks for Haden.

  5. jgd3rd says: May 2, 2014 9:21 AM

    Haden wants to stay in Cleveland – what else is he going to say as he tries to maximize his contract value? I bet he rather be almost any other NFL town.

  6. deerhuntinfool71 says: May 2, 2014 9:28 AM

    Haden is a ball hawk and we love him here in cle! He is a class act all the way around. No way he leaves cleveland.

  7. ytownjoe says: May 2, 2014 3:18 PM

    Pay da man.

  8. oldcracker says: May 2, 2014 4:30 PM

    That’s what the agents are for. Joe is a true professional football player….not some two-faced lawyer.

  9. ballboy48 says: May 2, 2014 6:57 PM

    Cleveland is expected to have between $60-70 Million in cap space next year.

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