UPDATE (8/30): The Browns have released CB Joe Haden, which you can read about here. Our original story from the day-before rumors are below.
The Cleveland Browns have shown a lot of intrigue this preseason, and amidst that, we’ve seen a couple of semi-big moves take place. First was the release of defensive end Desmond Bryant. Then, we heard the team was doing their homework with respect to researching wide receivers on the trade market.
Now, Cleveland could be weighing options on two of their bigger-named players: cornerback Joe Haden and offensive lineman Cameron Erving, per multiple reports. The Haden news first broke via Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:
Hearing from multiple teams that the Browns are aggressively trying to trade CB Joe Haden. Very motivated to move his contract— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 29, 2017
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer confirmed the report. Although Haden’s performance has taken a hit the past couple of years, he’s still beloved by fans and a great community guy. He’s been the team’s starting cornerback all offseason, and the impression is not that they would straight out cut him. Instead, they want to see if any team is willing to take his contract off their hands. At practice, it’s still business as usual for Haden:
Amid reports #Browns are shopping him, CB Joe Haden stretching before practice. Coach Hue Jackson came over and spoke with him. pic.twitter.com/hXJOL8TAEP— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) August 29, 2017
Cabot was the first to report about Cleveland’s interest in trying to move Erving, a first-round pick from a couple of years ago who has been a massive disappointment. Cutting him would be a far lesser hit on the cap than getting rid of Haden, so if Cleveland isn’t able to get anything for him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get waived.
What would you think of each potential move? Let us know in the comments section what type of compensation you’d want or expect for each player.
Should the Browns try to trade Joe Haden and Cameron Erving? Assuming the return on each player is nothing earth-shattering.
This poll is closed
Yes, get rid of them both.
Don’t trade either one — keep both.
Trade Erving, but keep Haden
Trade Haden, but keep Erving