CLEVELAND (KDKA/AP) — The Cleveland Browns have released cornerback Joe Haden.
The team announced its decision early Wednesday.
We’ve released DB Joe Haden
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 30, 2017
“We have the utmost respect for Joe,” said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. “In my eyes, he will always be a Cleveland Brown.”
CBSSports.com had reported that the Browns were “aggressively trying to trade” Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler who had been slowed by injuries the past two seasons.
The 28-year-old Haden has played in only 18 games over the past two seasons because of injuries. He underwent surgery during the offseason to repair a groin injury that severely limited him in 2016.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Pittsburgh Steelers are the favorite to land Haden.
Haden had signed a five-year, $67.5 million extension in 2014, and was due to make $11.1 million with the Browns this season.
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