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Would Joe Haden Have Been a Good Pickup for the Eagles?

Last Wednesday, former All-Pro cornerback Joe Haden found himself unemployed…for only a few hours.

Haden signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will immediately aid an ailing secondary. The Steelers defense itself is at its weakest in years, and Haden is now one of its biggest names.

However, Haden appears to be removed from his prime. Last season, he was the 88th ranked cornerback in the league (per ProFootballFocus.) He’s missed several games over the past few years due to injury.

This signing by Pittsburgh is a major, but necessary risk. Ben Roethlisberger is nearing the end of his career and Le’Veon Bell could leave via free agency next season. They definitely fit the “win-now” category.

The Philadelphia Eagles do not.

The future of the Eagles appears bright, as they have Carson Wentz and several young, talented players at key positions. The goal of this season is to compete for a playoff spot, but realistically, the Eagles will not be contenders for a couple more seasons. Even the moves they made this offseason indicate they do not want to be locked into unfriendly long-term deals (like they made with Nnamdi Asomugha, Byron Maxwell, and DeMarco Murray.)

Giving Joe Haden $7 million guaranteed for this season doesn’t make sense, especially for a team that has talent on the roster deserving of an extension, such as Jordan Hicks and eventually Brandon Graham.

Also, keep this in mind: the Cleveland Browns, one of the worst teams in football, jettisoned Haden, despite owing him $4 million. That means the Browns would rather pay Haden $4 million than having him play for them. That should raise some eyebrows.

The Eagles open up against the Washington Redskins September 10th.

 

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