Joe Haden retiring after 12 seasons, will sign 1-day contract with Browns

Posted: 21/09/2022 in NFL
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Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden is retiring from the NFL after 12 seasons, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 33-year-old, who entered the league as a first-round pick in 2010, plans to sign a one-day contract to end his career with the Cleveland Browns. He played in Cleveland between 2010 and 2016 before enjoying a five-season stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being released.

Pittsburgh didn’t re-sign Haden after last season, and he started the 2022 campaign as a free agent. Haden denied reports that he rejected a return to the Steelers this offseason.

The Florida product’s retirement comes a day before the Browns host the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.

Haden appeared in 12 games (11 starts) with Pittsburgh last year, amassing 38 tackles and six pass breakups. He allowed a passer rating of 100.1 while in coverage, his worst since at least 2018, according to Pro Football Reference.

The former No. 7 overall pick established himself as one of the NFL’s best corners while a member of the Browns. He earned a second-team All-Pro nod in 2013 and finished his tenure in Cleveland with 377 tackles, 19 interceptions, and one touchdown across 90 appearances.

He appeared in 68 contests with the Steelers, racking up 238 tackles, 10 picks, and one TD.

Haden hangs up his cleats with $121.4 million in career earnings, the second-most of all time among cornerbacks, according to Spotrac.

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