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Steelers favorites to sign Haden

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers are considered the favorites to sign cornerback Joe Haden. The Steelers will not be able to sign him — if they chose to do so — until after 4 pm Wednesday when he clears waivers.

Haden was released by the Browns earlier this morning. He has struggled in recent years and the Browns have been trying to deal him since the new leadership took over prior to the 2016 season.

Joe Haden making a tackle against a Pittsburgh Steelers player (Getty Images)

Joe Haden making a tackle against a Pittsburgh Steelers player (Getty Images)

Haden — if he does sign with the team — would provide leadership to the Steelers young secondary. The team also does not have a true No. 1 cornerback at this time, but adding Haden could definitely change that.

Honestly, if Haden plays like he plans the past few years with the Browns, he won’t be considered the team’s No. 1. He’ll just be another corner, as he was Pro Football Focus’ 88th-best corner out of 110 last year.

Haden has missed 14 games over the past two seasons. Despite being injury prone lately, the Steelers reportedly believe that he has some production left in the tank, or they wouldn’t consider signing him.

If he does sign, he could come cheap, as the Browns are already paying him $4 million after releasing him. If he signs for fewer than $4 million, the Steelers, or any new team, would just be required to pay him the league minimum.

The Steelers starting corners, at this time, are expected to be Ross Cockrell and Artie Burns. They also have William Gay, Senquez Golson, Cameron Sutton and Coty Sensabaugh.

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