Joe Haden: The Numbers, The Tape, The Verdict 2014
The Cleveland Browns gave Joe Haden a $68 million contract extension last week.
Haden is widely considered to be one of the most talented defensive backs in the NFL, and he is still just 25 years of age. During his first four seasons in the NFL, Haden has accumulated 13 interceptions and 67 pass deflections in 48 starts.
As the Seattle Seahawks have proven, finding high quality starters in the secondary is vitally important for building a dominant defense. New head coach Mike Pettine is used to working with high quality starters in his secondary, so it’s no surprise that the Browns felt the urge to lock down Haden for the future despite adding multiple cornerback pieces in the draft also.
The Browns front office invested a huge sum in Haden before Pettinecould even get an opportunity to coach him. It’s unclear whether that was Pettine’s choice or not, while it’s also unclear if that was a wise investment or not.
Haden has a previous suspension on his record, something that the Browns will have been wary of because of Josh Gordon. However, more important than the threat of a suspension is the question about just how good Haden is.
Even though he is widely considered to be a shutdown cornerback who can compete with Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis, there is little in-depth analysis available to prove that theory.
With that in mind, I decided to use the Pre Snap Reads cornerback analysis method to understand exactly what the Browns have in their now high-priced cornerback.
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