BEREA: The head coach of the Browns and one of the defense’s leaders want two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden to remain on the roster but acknowledge their wish might not be granted.

Jason La Canfora of CBS first reported Tuesday the Browns are aggressively trying to deal Haden, a face of the franchise who’s been plagued by injuries the past two seasons. An NFL source told the Beacon Journal the Browns have been floating Haden’s name to other teams for a while.

“I trust [head of football operations] Sashi [Brown] and his group to make the right decisions that I think is best for our football team,” coach Hue Jackson said. “Do I want Joe Haden on our football team? Yes, but whatever our organization thinks is best for our football team, that’s what we’ll do.”

Starting weakside linebacker Christian Kirksey considers Haden one of his best friends and one of the better players on the team.

“He’s a hell of a player, a hell of a person, and he’s done nothing but great things for this organization,” Kirksey told the Beacon Journal after practice. “So I don’t know what’s going on with that whole thing. That’s way above my head. But I’m definitely hoping that he will stay with us.

“He’s having one of his best camps. He’s out there making plays. He’s our leader on our defense. He’s been to multiple Pro Bowls. This is year eight for him. He’s been here making plays. So I would definitely hope to see him still here, but I know it’s a business, and all of that is way above my head.”

Jackson called Haden “a huge piece of what we do on defense.”

“I think he’s had a great training camp,” Jackson said. “I think he’s played well in our [preseason] games.”

Despite Jackson’s comments, there have been rumblings about the team being dissatisfied with Haden and favoring cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jason McCourty.

Haden, 28, practiced Tuesday but wasn’t made available to media afterward. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he had no comment on the report.

In May 2014, Haden signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract extension, including $45 million guaranteed, through the 2019 season. He’s scheduled to make $11.1 million in 2017 and 2018 and $10.4 million in 2019. His average annual salary of $13.5 million is tied for seventh among cornerbacks.

The seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, Haden made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. But in 2015, he missed 11 games with two concussions and other injuries, including one requiring ankle surgery during the 2016 offseason. Last season, he played nearly the entire season with groin injuries, missing three games. He had offseason surgery on both groin muscles.

An NFL player personnel executive told the Beacon Journal he thought it would be really hard for the Browns to trade Haden and doubted they would be able to pull off a deal because of the combination of his lucrative contract and health concerns.

But if a deal were to materialize, the Indianapolis Colts could be a logical partner. Coach Chuck Pagano told reporters Tuesday two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis suffered a significant groin injury. He is expected to miss multiple weeks.

The Browns have been talking to a number of teams about potential deals.

They remain open to trading quarterback Brock Osweiler, and a league source told the Beacon Journal offensive lineman Cameron Erving has been on the trading block since the draft in late April. Cleveland.com first reported the Browns are shopping Erving, a 2015 first-round pick (No. 19 overall) who’s a backup tackle after failing last season as the starting center.

Roster moves

The Browns terminated the contract of defensive end Cam Johnson and waived free safety Ed Reynolds with an injury designation.

Neither Johnson nor Reynolds have played this preseason because of knee injuries.

Johnson returned to practice Monday after missing a few weeks. Reynolds was hurt July 29 during the first padded practice of training camp.

Johnson started nine of the 12 games in which he appeared last season and had 29 tackles, including three sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Reynolds, who entered training camp as the first-team free safety, appeared in 10 games last season with seven starts. He tallied 40 tackles and one sack.

Concerned about home

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is thankful his family in Houston is OK despite the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused.

“Everyone is good,” he said. “I had some friends call me and tell me their house is flooded. Definitely sad. I am definitely doing whatever I can to help, but yeah, my family is doing OK right now.”

Ogbah is from Nigeria, but his family moved to Houston when he was 9 years old. Heartbroken to see the devastation in his hometown, he’s planning to assist victims in some way.

“It hurts because I grew up in that part,” Ogbah said. “I am seeing on the news places that I drove past like every day are under water. It is definitely crazy. I am definitely praying for those people down there, their families and the victims.”

Extra points

• Jackson said he hasn’t decided whether rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, whom the coach named the starter Sunday, will play in the preseason finale Thursday at the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, a Mentor native, will start for the Bears, coach John Fox said. Former Browns quarterback Connor Shaw will relieve Trubisky. Starting quarterback Mike Glennon and veteran QB Mark Sanchez won’t play.

• Defensive tackle Danny Shelton (knee) remained idle during practice, but he ran on the field toward the stationary bikes early in the session.

• Other players who didn’t practice but worked out beside the practice fields were Erving (calf), receiver Kenny Britt, guard Joel Bitonio (knee) and defensive tackle Xavier Cooper. Fullback Danny Vitale (ankle) and defensive end Nate Orchard (groin) weren’t at practice.

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