CLEVELAND — With December having arrived, it's not just the end of the year that is near, but also, the end of the decade. And what a decade it's been for the Cleveland Browns.
In order to celebrate the 2010s, we're enlisting in your help to compile the Browns' All-Decade Team. Each day, we'll release a poll on Twitter asking you to vote for a particular position, in addition to sharing the previous day's result.
On Thursday, you voted Joe Haden and Denzel Ward as the starting cornerbacks of the Browns' All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Below, you can vote for the team's safeties.
Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Cleveland Browns haven't had much luck with their first-round picks. The 2010 draft, however, brought the rare exception.
Laying claim to the No. 7 pick, the Browns selected an All-American out of Florida who helped lead the Gators to two national titles in three seasons. It didn't take long for Joe Haden to find success in the NFL either, as the former 5-star prospect tallied six interceptions in his rookie season, to go along with 18 pass defenses and 57 tackles.
Over the course of seven seasons in Cleveland, Haden established himself as a cornerstone of the Browns' defense, earning two Pro Bowl selections (2013 and 2014), as well as a second-team All-Pro selection (2013). By the time Cleveland made the polarizing decision to release him on the eve of the 2017 season, Haden had appeared in 90 games (81 starts), tallying 101 pass defenses, 19 interceptions and 370 tackles.
Similar to Haden, the Browns used a high draft pick to acquire Denzel Ward, who they selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. And the Ohio State product made an even more instant impact than Haden, recording two interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers in his NFL debut.
Recording 11 pass defenses and 3 interceptions in 13 games, Ward earned Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season with the Browns. And after missing four games early in the season due to a hamstring injury, he's since totaled 9 pass defenses and 1 interception (which he returned for a touchdown) through nine games in 2019.
Next up, the candidates for the Cleveland Browns' All-Decade Safeties:
T.J. Ward (2010-2013)
Selected in the second round (No. 38 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Was named to the PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team in 20100 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013. Tallied 325 tackles, 17 of which came for a loss, 22 pass defenses and 5 interceptions in 54 games (all starts) in four seasons with the Browns.
Tashaun Gipson (2012-2015)
Signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. Appeared in 50 games (42 starts) in four seasons with the Browns, recording 236 tackles, 23 pass defenses and 14 interceptions. Earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014 after leading the league with 158 interception return yards in 11 games.
Jabrill Peppers (2017-2018)
Selected in the first round (No. 25 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Appeared in 29 games (all starts) in two seasons with the team, including every game of the 2018 season. Accumulated 212 tackles, 13 pass defenses and 2 tackles with Cleveland, while also serving as the team's primary punt and kick returner.
Damarious Randall (2018-present)
Acquired in a trade with the Green Bay Packers prior to the 2018 season. Started 15 games in 2018, recording 85 tackles, 9 pass defenses and 4 interceptions. Has appeared in 8 of the Browns first 13 games of 2019 (all starts), totaling 40 tackles and 4 pass defenses.