Earlier this week, the question was raised about whether or not the New York Giants should consider signing veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis if he were willing to sign at a reasonable price.
The 28-year-old is set to make $11.1 million this season and in 2018, and is owed $10.4 million in 2019.
Haden, of course, was destined for stardom after the Browns made him the seventh pick in the 2010 draft.
The eight-year veteran will be available for any team to sign at 3 p.m. central time Wednesday.
Haden was once regarded as one of the better cover cornerbacks in what is essentially a cornerback-deficient league, and the reputation he garnered from that sustained him longer than it probably should have. A cornerback group of Haden, Burns and Ross Cockrell would give the Steelers what they need in the defensive backfield. It isn't known at this time whether or not Haden would accept less to go to a contending team.
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Green Bay isn't swimming in top level cornerback talent, but the depth at the position is considerably better now than it was to end last season, when the injury devastation at cornerback helped bounce the Packers from the NFC playoffs. He has been plagued by various injuries, including a concussion and finger and groin issues, and has only played 18 games since 2014, with three interceptions and 13 pass breakups in those two years.
Imagine that. Joe Haden lining up against Kenny Britt or Corey Coleman in Week 1. The news was then officially announced by the team soon thereafter. "I wish him all the best as he continues his career".
While it was moderately surprising that the Browns couldn't find a trade partner, Haden's name will raise some eyebrows on the open market.
The Browns wanted to rid themselves of Haden's contract.
The Saints previously had interest in the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Haden, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, before the trade deadline in November 2016, but elected to stand pat after conducting due diligence.