25-Year-Old Cornerback – Cleveland Browns
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 leag...
Joe Haden Contract Information:
Signed a five-year extension with the Browns in May of 2014, worth $68 million.
Haden (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
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Joe Haden: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Haden and the Browns have a "cautiously optimistic" attitude with respect to the Pro Bowler's chances of playing Sunday, but have a backup plan in place. If Haden is unable to go, look for the Browns to start either Justin Gilbert or Robert Nelson opposite Buster Skrine, with K'Waun Williams used primarily in nickel packages.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The extent of the ailment is unknown, but Haden's absence is a bit troubling with two weeks remaining before the regular season kicks off. However, in four NFL campaigns, the stud cornerback has picked off 13 passes, while recording between 51 and 65 tackles per season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report adds that Haden's deal is a five-year extension worth $68 million. With a new deal in place, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft is locked in as the Browns' starting left cornerback for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the Browns fortified their right cornerback slot by drafting Justin Gilbert with the No. 8 overall choice in the recent NFL draft. Haden is coming off a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 54 tackles and four interceptions in 15 games.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.