According to Ian Rapoport, Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden’s name has been mentioned to be available to be traded ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Haden has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons. Last year he played just five games due to concussion issues. Injuries aside, Haden is still thought of as a top five corner in this league and could possibly be a steal for a team with a solid foundation on defense.
No details have been released on the conditions of the possible deal for the veteran corner.
It was a thriller at First Energy Stadium but a losing effort by the Cleveland Browns as they fall to AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens. Continue reading “Browns can’t complete comeback. Fall to Ravens 25-20”
Today was the last day of practice for the Cleveland Browns before their home opener match up against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at First Energy Stadium. The media caught up with a few of the player after practice to talk about the upcoming contest. Continue reading “Player Quotes From Browns Friday Practice”
Early Monday morning, The Clevelamd Browns terminated the contract of LB Paul Kruger. This came as a surprise for the die hard fan, but inside of the Browns facility, this was no surprise at all.
Cutting Kruger from the team now puts the team over $50 million under the NFL salary cap which will help to resign the players that will make an impact for the team in the upcoming years and bring in the free agent players needed to help build a winning team and culture. The thing I’m starting to question is why Kruger?
Looking back on his stats, they may not be jumping off the page impressive, but Kruger never missed a game in his tenure here in Cleveland. He was never unproductive as he always did the job he came here to do. He virtually had no help from anyone else putting pressure on the QB so he was left alone to try to break through the line. He started in all 48 games in his three years in a Browns uniform. He also racked up 78 tackles and 18 sacks.
Compare those stats next to someone like Joe Haden and I believe that you have a case that Haden should’ve been an option to have his contract terminated instead of Kruger.
Joe only played in five games last year and didn’t even finish all of those games. He finished the season with only 18 tackles and four passes defended. Haden has developed the reputation of being injury prone an has not been as dependable as he once was a few years back. Even in his last Pro Bowl year, his stats weren’t impressive and probably got the Pro Bowl nod on name alone.
This is almost like a contract year for Haden. He has to prove to the new staff and the fans that he can come back from injury both mentally and physically and be a threat when he takes the field. His value right now will not get any higher the Browns, if they wanted to, could try and trade Joe before the trade deadline in October. I don’t see more than a third round pick for him, but it’s always an option.
Joe is a hometown favorite and has always loved playing for the city of Cleveland but if his play doesn’t hold up this year, he could be looking for a new home sooner rather than later.
As the last two preseason games have shown us anything, it’s that the Cleveland Browns’ defense has not improved much since last season. Missed tackles and miscommunication have been a theme for the team that’s put them in a 0-2 start but it is preseason and this time is used to see what your team can do and see if you have the right players in the right situations.
This brings me to the Browns 2014 eighth overall draft pick DB Justin Gilbert.
Gilbert was drafted by Mike Pettine because to run his defensive scheme, he needed two solid corners. With DB Joe Haden on one side, they thought that Gilbert would come in and hold down the number two receiver at bay as Haden would lock down the other side of the field. This was not the case as Gilbert was not a strong tackler and would get lost in coverage from looking at the quarterback until the ball was thrown, leaving a man open to catch the throw.
Gilbert has put up unimpressive numbers since his rookie year. In two years, he’s played in only 19 games which he started only started in three games, 35 tackles, nine passes defended, one interception that he ran back for a touchdown against Andrew Luck and no forced fumbles. Those are not the numbers of a eighth overall pick. Those are practice squad numbers.
Gilbert wasn’t even living up to expectations off the football field. He was a healthy scratch in four of the last five games of the 2016 season because he was showing up late for practices. He was also involved in a road rage incident when he cut off a driver on the highway and threw a drink at the car. The two drivers got off the highway in Brunswick, OH and drove into a ditch trying to get away from the enraged driver.
This seems like Gilbert’s last chance to redeem himself. Head coach Hue Jackson will be paying close attention to the third year back and even gave him the start last week in the Atlanta game where he had two tackles and one pass defended. He was beat multiple times and missed tackles when the Browns needed them. With Haden possibly returning to action this Friday against Tampa Bay, Gilbert will have only about a game and a half to show that he can elevate his play and be a solid contributor to this team.
My guess is that not only will Gilbert not be on this team next year, but I doubt to see him in an NFL uniform again after this season.