Yesterday, my Inside The Star buddy Jesse Haynie wrote about the Cowboys possibly trading for Browns CB Joe Haden. Today, the Cleveland Browns have reportedly released seven-year veteran Joe Haden, according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport.
Source: The #Browns have cut Joe Haden.
This is very interesting knowing that just yesterday the Browns were aggressively trying to trade him. Haden, who once looked like one of the league’s elite corners, has dealt with his fair share of injuries the last few seasons, but when healthy, he is still a very talented starting cornerback.
The Cowboys of course didn’t call Cleveland regarding Haden but now that he’s a free agent does that change anything? According to Mike Fisher of CowboysHQ.com it does…
Waivers not in play here. HADEN can go to most favorable bidder. #Cowboys tell me they’re interested https://t.co/0kwu73ba9f
As we all know with the Cowboys, price matters, but with plenty of cap space to play with I really wonder if the Cowboys would consider bringing in the former Pro Bowler on a deal to help seal up this talented, but very young secondary.
In 2016, the 28-year-old veteran played in 13 games, starting all 13. He racked up 37 tackles, 11 passes defended, and three interceptions.
One thing he does do that the Cowboys’ secondary has struggled with recently is get turnovers. In his seven years in the league, he has 19 interceptions, that averages out to 2.7 interceptions a season.
The only question that leaves me with pause is do the Cowboys have the room on their depth chart to add a player of his caliber?
Currently the Cowboys CB depth chart looks something like this:
- Orlando Scandrick
- Nolan Carroll
- Anthony Brown
- Chidobe Awuzie
- Sammy Seamster
- Marquez White
- Jourdan Lewis
If Haden was to sign, it would likely mean Sammy Seamster and Marquez White would not make the final 53 man roster and Jourdan Lewis may get placed on IR depending on the severity of his hamstring injury.
Joe Haden might not be what he was three years ago, but he’s a starting cornerback for this team and would be a huge upgrade over Nolan Carroll.