Joe Haden won’t sign extension with Steelers this year

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Steelers cornerback Joe Haden said earlier this month that he was looking for an extension that would keep him in Pittsburgh beyond this season, but he hasn’t gotten one and it appears he won’t be getting one in the future either.

The Steelers traditionally do not sign extensions with players once the regular season starts, so the window was getting tight for anything to happen. On Wednesday, Haden’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said nothing will.

Rosenhaus said, via Adam Schefter of ESPN, that Haden will not sign a new deal and is looking forward to free agency in 2022.

“Joe has never been an unrestricted free agent before and is excited about that opportunity,” Rosenhaus said. “We expect him to have a very strong market.”

When Haden discussed his desire for a new deal, he acknowledged that T.J. Watt‘s new pact was a bigger priority for the team. Watt has not signed a contract yet and it seems likely that the Steelers’ attention will be in that direction heading into Week One.

7 responses to “Joe Haden won’t sign extension with Steelers this year

  1. Why are they working on an extension for Watt during the regular season if they won’t do that “traditionally”? Almost seems like two different standards.

  2. Agents are never wrong… until they are. Haden was an unrestricted FA when he originally signed with Pittsburgh. He was cut by the Browns in 2017, and signed with the Steelers the next day.

  3. donnymacjack says:
    September 1, 2021 at 11:34 am
    Why are they working on an extension for Watt during the regular season if they won’t do that “traditionally”? Almost seems like two different standards.
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    Well, one is a 26 yr old arguably the best at his position while the other is a 33 yr old on the downside of his career.

  4. The Steelers were never going to extend a 33 year old corner with a year left on his current deal. Players fall off a cliff fast in the NFL. Haden looked good this summer. If he has a great season and shows he can still play at a high level, I suspect they will have interest in resigning him next spring.

  5. Hate to be captain obvious here, but the regular season has not begun. There is still a week and a half to get Watt’s deal done. Hayden will get done if he is reasonable and the agent does not get in the way. Watt is the priority though.

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