26-Year-Old Cornerback – Cleveland Browns
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Although some may say Haden regressed last season in terms of his overall pass coverage, he still posted solid fantasy stats, including a career-best 73 combined tackles (58 solo). Mix in three interc...
Joe Haden Contract Information:
Signed a five-year extension with the Browns in May of 2014, worth $68 million.
Haden, who received flak for sitting out of the Browns' Week 4 loss against the Chargers with a broken finger and rib injury, is once again listed on the injury report this week, Cleveland.com reports.
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Joe Haden: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Haden was forced into an early exit from Sunday's game after hurting his ribs and struggling to stop Raiders rookie wideout Amari Cooper. Fortunately for Haden, Monday's MRI revealed only minor damage to his ribs, which could allow him to return to practice this week.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Fresh off a five-year extension, Haden stands to be Cleveland's top cornerback for several seasons to come. Although he picked off just four passes in 2013, Haden is widely regarded as one of the league's top cover corners, so the interception numbers are likely the result of opposing quarterbacks hesitating to throw his way. The 25-year-old Pro-Bowler will likely have a similar role in 2014, lining up across from the opponents' top pass-catching threat.
Haden had a down year in 2012 and only started 11 games as he missed time with a suspension. He will look to bounce back as the team's top corner alonside rookie Leon McFadden.
Haden's IDP numbers fell off a cliff last year – with the exception of his 19 passes defended – but he should be expected to bounce back in a big way after ending 2011 with just 65 tackles (53 solo), one sack and one forced fumble in 15 games. Haden was much better for his IDP owners as a rookie (2010), finishing with 64 tackles (57 solo), one sack, six interceptions, 18 passes defended and a forced fumble. Haden is a legitimately good corner quarterbacks would prefer to avoid, but his ball skills are too good to keep him from making an impact in games.
Although he started the year as Cleveland’s nickel back after getting picked seventh overall in the 2010 draft, Haden had the look of a future star by season's end. He finished the year with 64 tackles (57 solo), 18 pass defenses and six interceptions, with five of those picks coming in the last eight weeks. Haden’s stock is clearly pointing upward and, while he figures to be avoided by quarterbacks eventually, he should have another year of big plays before everyone gets the memo.
Haden is a highly touted rookie out of Florida who was taken with the seventh overall pick in the draft. There are questions about his speed (he ran a 4.60 40 at the combine), but he should ultimately earn the role of starting nickel back with the two starting corner positions going to Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown.