NFL Grade: Steelers Sign Former Cleveland Brown, Joe Haden

In a matter of hours, Joe Haden went from being released to becoming a Pittsburgh Steelers as he signed a 3-year, $27 million dollar contract, $7 million guaranteed.

Joe Haden, 28, is clearly outside of his prime and the injury bug started catching up to the last couple of seasons. Last season, Joe Haden missed three games for the Browns as the season prior in 2015 he missed the vast majority of the year, playing in only 5 games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are developing a solid defensive backs core as they have Artie Burns, William Gay and now signing Joe Haden. Artie Burns and William Gay are the promising corners for the Steelers but injury concerns do cloud Joe Haden as well as Senquez Golson. I expect Joe Haden to a solid amount of playing time even with Burns and William Gay’s presence. At age 28, Joe Haden will have an opportunity to re-solidify himself as a dominant/terrorizing corner in this league but the injury bug questions will continue to linger over his head entering 2017 and beyond.

Final Grade: B

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