The Browns have engaged in discussions to extend Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden’s contract, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal this morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Haden’s representatives talked to members of the Browns on Tuesday, though no deal is imminent, the source said.
Haden will enter the final season of his five-year, $50 million rookie contract in 2014, unless his deal, which included $26 million guaranteed and as much as $8 million in incentives, is extended. He is slated to make a base salary of $6,678,193 this year.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Haden has been one of the Browns’ best players since they drafted him seventh overall in 2010, and he’s coming off his strongest season, one in which he earned his first career Pro Bowl selection and was voted second-team All Pro. In 15 games last season, Haden compiled 60 tackles, four interceptions and a career-high 21 passes defensed.
In December, Haden, 24, expressed confidence that he would remain with the Browns beyond 2014, though he stopped short of saying talks were underway.
“Yeah, I’m going to be all right,” said Haden, whose agent is Drew Rosenhaus. “I’m going to be straight.”
Apparently, that is still the case with new General Manager Ray Farmer taking control of football operations Tuesday. Owner Jimmy Haslam ousted CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi while promoting Farmer from his former post as assistant GM.