CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Joe Haden will be at FirstEnergy Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sept. 10.
He’ll just be dressed in black and gold instead of orange and brown.
Haden signed a 3-year, $27 million deal with the Steelers that includes $7 million guaranteed this season after being released by the Browns on Wednesday morning.
The Steelers announced the deal Wednesday night after Haden met the team in Charlotte and passed a team physical.
The contract takes the Browns off the hook for the remaining $4 million in guaranteed money that was left on the extension he signed in 2014 and also lowers Cleveland’s dead cap liability for Haden for 2017 and 2018.
The Browns tried to trade Haden in the days leading up to his release but couldn’t find any takers for the remaining 3 years and $32.5 million that was left on his contract.
For Haden it is the ultimate trade up: escape the woebegone, expected to remain in last place Browns for their rivals, the Steelers, who are expected to dominate the AFC North again this year.
The Browns selected Haden seventh overall in 2010 and he made the Pro Bowl twice – 2013 and 2014 – but injuries the last 2 seasons have resulted in a significant drop-off in play prompting Cleveland to move on.