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$4 million of Joe Haden’s contract became fully guaranteed today

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With the Cleveland Browns having released veteran QB Josh McCown and CB Tramon Williams on Tuesday, some may have wondered what the status of CB Joe Haden is with the club. He is still the team's highest-paid defensive player, with cap hits of $14.4 million in 2017 and 2018 and then $10.5 million in 2019. Is is possible the Browns would ever consider flat out cutting him? We at least know the answer to that last question: No.

Effective today, $4 million of Haden’s 2017 base salary (which totals $11 million) became fully guaranteed. If Cleveland was thinking of parting ways with him, they would have done so before being forced to allocate $4 million to him against the 2017 salary cap. Aside: It’s true that the Browns once paid Phil Taylor’s $5 million in guarantees before cutting him, but that’s a rarity.

The Browns could still try to re-structure Haden’s contract, but he really has no incentive to do so unless Cleveland is willing to tack on more years to the life of his deal, something that seems unlikely due to his history of injuries and his recent performances.