Joe Haden Released, Raiders Could Potentially Get Him For A Bargain

UPDATE: CB Joe Haden released by the Cleveland Browns

With Joe Haden now free to sign with anyone, are the Raiders likely to get into the mix to acquire him? Who knows, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

The Browns reportedly asked Haden to take a pay cut before releasing him. At the very least, that should calm some of the injury concerns around him. If the Browns didn’t think he could still play, they probably wouldn’t have gone the route of trying to keep him for less.

The fact that the Browns released Haden means no one was willing to offer even a seventh-round pick for him. Hopefully that says more about his hefty contract than it does about his abilities on the field.

Anyone willing to sign Haden will hope that with injuries (hopefully) behind him, the Pro Bowl cornerback can bounce back to his old form. Pro Football Focus actually graded Haden as one of the worst starting cornerbacks in the league over the past two years.

As the Raiders are concerned, it feels like they might be comfortable starting Gareon Conley and David Amerson at the corners with Sean Smith and/or T.J. Carrie on the field in passing situations. Maybe general manager Reggie McKenzie will dabble with depth at cornerback after roster cuts, but taking the plunge on Haden (although it helps that he could potentially come cheap) seems like a long shot.

Haden is an east coast guy, but obviously the real draw to Oakland would be the opportunity to play for a contender. Would he take less money to play for a contender?

Whatever the case, Haden is expected to sign within the next 24 hours and his status certainly becomes relevant if he signs within the division.

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