Not that there was ever any doubt, but the team's new front office won't be looking to dump CB Joe Haden, whose entire base salary of $10.1 million became fully guaranteed today, according to Joel Corry of CBS Sports:
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden’s $10.1M 2016 base salary is fully guaranteed today. It was guaranteed for injury at signing.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) February 10, 2016
Earlier today, we discussed how the Cleveland Browns have an estimated $35.99 million in available cap space. Haden has the highest cap hit of any player on the Browns in 2016 at $13.4 million, followed by LT Joe Thomas ($9.5 million), SS Donte Whitner ($8.45 million) and WR Dwayne Bowe ($8 million -- DEAR GOD!).
Haden is looking to rebound off of the worst season in his career -- and it wasn't just bad by his standards, it was bad by NFL standards:
Passer rating surrendered by Joe Haden over last 3 seasons:— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 9, 2016
'15: 158.2 (perfect is 158.3).
A healthy '16 is huge
Haden is under contract through 2019, and his cap hit in 2017 is $14.4 million. At this point in time, we can't fathom the team needing to cut him next offseason. However, if he does have an awful season for the second year in a row and another young cornerback steps up, you never know.