It’s clear that Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has matured – so much so that the team saw fit to convey a 5-year, $68 million contract extension on him.
There was a significant take away from Haden’s press conference with the media that ended moments ago – he feels an obligation to the community.
Haden said in the press conference that he feels obligated to play like the best corner in the NFL. Yes, he’s got 68 million reasons to do so, but one would suspect that after overcoming a couple of minor bumps in his career that he’d feel that way regardless.
The Browns, to their credit, understand that and his extension goes a long way toward showing Browns fans that they are serious about buffing off the layers of tarnish that grew on the franchise in the past 15 years.