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Browns Give Cornerback Haden $68 Million Over Five NFL Seasons

Cornerback Joe Haden
Cornerback Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photographer: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Joe Haden agreed to a five-year, $68 million contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, making his average annual salary the second-highest for a cornerback in the National Football League.

Haden, 25, said on his Twitter feed that the extension includes $45 million in guaranteed money. It comes a week after Richard Sherman signed a four-year, $57.4 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks.

Haden made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after recording 60 tackles, four interceptions and a career-high 21 passes defensed. He has 13 career interceptions and his 67 passes-defensed since joining the Browns as the seventh pick in the 2010 draft are the most in the NFL over that span.

“Joe’s a good, young player who’s made a commitment to our organization, and he’s somebody with whom we want to move forward in order to advance our football team,” Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said on the team’s website. “He’s a great person. He’s the right guy to both build with and build around as we attempt to become an elite football team.”

Haden’s deal will pay him an average of $13.6 million a year, second among cornerbacks to Sherman at $14.35 million.

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