One look at the reigning Super Bowl XLVIII champions and it’s rather easy to see why the Cleveland Browns should throw defensive back Joe Haden a long-term deal. For crying out loud: the Seattle Seahawks‘ historic “Legion of Boom” secondary shut the Denver Broncos offense down, despite it being the most potent group in NFL history.
At just 25 years old, Haden is the type of player that franchises dream about drafting. Cleveland is supposedly making an effort to make Haden a very rich man, but the recent turnover of the front office makes it difficult to believe much of anything coming from the lips of new Browns general manager Ray Farmer.
Either way, the Browns would be doing themselves a disservice by allowing Haden to enter a contract year in 2014. While Cleveland still has plenty of other positions to fill this summer, it’s paramount for the Browns to re-sign Haden before the preseason hits. For decades, the AFC North has been referred to as an old school division that is heavily dependent on the running attack, but that surely is no longer the case.
Instead, big-time quarterbacks like Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton are all throwing more and more, which means the Browns would be foolish to let such a young All-Pro like Haden hit the road at this juncture in his career.