Cleveland was where cornerback Joe Haden started his NFL career, and it is where he will be for the foreseeable future after reaching a five-year contract extension with the Browns Tuesday afternoon.
Following the signing of his contract, Haden tweeted: "Proud 2 announce that I signed a 5-year extension with the browns! 68M with 45 guaranteed."
Now in his fifth season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Haden is signed through 2019, and will make $68 million if he reaches all incentives and escalators in his contract.
"This is a great day for both Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns," general manager Ray Farmer said in a release from the team. "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."
Haden, the Browns' first-round pick in 2010, is coming off of his first appearance in the Pro Bowl after intercepting four passes, returning one for a 29-yard touchdown at the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 17, in 2013.
In his previous four years with the Browns, Haden has made 263 tackles, including 198 solo stops, registered two sacks, forced three fumbles, recovered another, and intercepted 13 passes, which he returned for 222 yards.
In 15 starts last fall, Haden matched a career high with 54 solo tackles, and had four interceptions, the second-best single-season total of his career. In addition to being invited to the Pro Bowl, where he intercepted a pass, Haden was a second-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press, and chosen for the All-AFC team by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).
"He's the right guy to both build with and build around as we attempt to become an elite football team," Farmer said. "He's a true professional. When we talk about identifying talent, building through the draft, developing solid players and retaining them, Joe Haden's at the top of the list. I'm excited. Our team is excited."
His 20 passes defended in 2013 were tied for the third-most in the NFL, according to STATS LLC., and the 67 he has been credited with since joining the Browns are the second-most in the league. Over his 57-game career, Haden has averaged 1.19 passes defended per game, the second-most among NFL players with at least 50 breakups since 1994.
"It was important for us to extend our core players and continue to grow with guys that represent everything we want this team to be: tough, hard-working and passionate," first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "Joe obviously loves his teammates, and he loves this city.
"I know he wants to keep growing and improving as a player. That's what we need, and that's what we want. These are the types of players we want to build around, that will help us grow and win consistently."