CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns aren't letting lockdown cornerback Joe Haden get away.
Haden signed a five-year, $68 million extension with Cleveland on
Monday, the total value of the contract surpassing cornerback Richard
Sherman's four-year, $57 million agreement last week with the Seattle
Haden's contract runs through the 2019 season and includes $45
million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. The
package also contains a $14 million signing bonus.
One of the AFC's top defensive backs and one of Cleveland's most
popular athletes, Haden made his first Pro Bowl last season, his fourth
with the team. The Browns selected him with the No. 7 overall pick in
"Joe's a good, young player who's made a commitment to our
organization, and he's somebody with whom we want to move forward in
order to advance our football team," general manager Ray Farmer said in a
statement. "He's a great person. He's the right guy to both build with
and build around as we attempt to become an elite football team.
"When we talk about identifying talent, building through the draft,
developing solid players and retaining them, Joe Haden's at the top of
Haden posted a photo on Twitter of him signing his new contract.
Signing Haden to a long-term deal was a priority for Cleveland this
offseason. During the draft, the team selected Oklahoma State cornerback
Justin Gilbert early in the first round to play opposite Haden.
Last season, Haden had four interceptions, recorded 60 tackles and
was credited with 21 passes defensed. He had his first career
multiple-interception game and scored his first touchdown, returning an
interception 29 yards at Cincinnati on Nov. 17.
According to STATS, Haden's 21 passes defensed in 2013 tied for third
in the NFL and his 67 since joining the Browns four years ago are
second in the league during that span. Haden averages 1.19 passes
defensed per game, the second-highest average among players with 50-plus
PBUs since at least 1994.
For the most part, Haden has been an exemplary player and citizen
since joining the Browns. His only major misstep was the four-game
suspension he received in 2012 for violating the league's substance
abuse policy after he tested positive for the stimulant Adderall.
First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine is thrilled to have Haden for several years.
"It's important for us to extend our core players and continue to
grow with guys that represent everything we want this team to be: tough,
hard-working and passionate," Pettine said. "Joe obviously loves his
teammates, and he loves this city. I know he wants to keep growing and
improving as a player. That's what we need, and that's what we want."
With Haden's contract situation resolved, the Browns are expected to
focus on getting Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron signed to a long-term
deal. Cameron had a breakout season in 2013, making 80 catches for 917
yards and seven TDs.
Cameron is in the final season of his contract and has reportedly turned down two offers from the Browns.
At Cleveland's recent voluntary minicamp, Cameron said he's blocking out any discussion about negotiations to improve.
"I've got a lot of stuff to work on," he said. "I'm not anywhere near
where I can be. I still have a lot to prove to myself, and I'm willing