The New England Patriots should take a chance on Joe Haden


On Wednesday morning the Cleveland Browns released cornerback Joe Haden, and the New England Patriots should look into signing him.

The Cleveland Browns have cut former pro bowl cornerback Joe Haden. This is the perfect opportunity for the New England Patriots to pounce on.

Haden has struggled the past two seasons as he played in only 5 games in 2015 due to a concussion and he played very poorly in 2016. Last season he had 48 total tackles, 11 passes defended, and 3 interceptions in 13 games. In Haden’s best season, 2010, he had 57 total tackles, a sack, 18 passes defended, a forced fumble, and 6 interceptions. He has the ability to get back to those type of numbers, although the depth in New England wouldn’t allow for it.

The move was a bit surprising, even though Cleveland had been looking for trade partners. Head coach Hue Jackson released a statement on the move as well.

"“Joe gave everything he had for the Cleveland Browns and that’s all you can ask for as a coach He was a leader on and off the field. I wish him all the best as he continues his career.”"

We all know that Bill  Belichick is able to turn things around for players, and he’s done so with some former Cleveland Browns. Jabaal Shear was a solid performer on the edge for New England after he came over from Cleveland. Belichick helped to develop Dion Lewis and Kyle Van Noy as well when no one thought those players had much left in the tank.

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While the Patriots may not be the favorites to sign Haden, they could be in the mix. Right now there are certainly 5 teams ahead of New England in that mix though. The Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and Green Bay Packers all have a bigger need at corner. The Patriots seem to be set with Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore as starters, and Eric Rowe as the nickel man.

If Joe Haden wants to win, he may be open to signing with New England instead. He may be able to force himself into that nickel role ahead of Eric Rowe. The added depth would be huge for the Patriots because you never know when a player is going to go down with an injury.

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A Haden signing would have to come fairly quickly if New England wants him for their week 1 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs next Thursday. In all likelihood, I think Joe Haden signs elsewhere, but I’d love to see the Patriots at least take a chance on him.