BEREA—Joe Haden woke up Saturday and had $12 million dollars added to his bank account after signing a five year contract worth up to nearly $50 million, including the $12 million signing bonus.
“It’s a blessing,” Haden said after his first practice. “I haven’t really had a chance to think about it, yet.”
Now, that the business side is done, Haden is ready to battle for a starting job in the Browns secondary.
“I just want to go out and compete,” he said. “Sure, I want to start, but I just want to put my best foot forward.”
Eric Mangini said that Haden was behind, but Haden thinks it’s more of an experience issue.
“I don’t feel that it’s as much I’m behind, but it’s more of an experience issue,” he said. “Playing in college is totally different from playing at this level. Eric (Wright) and Sheldon (Brown) have a lot of experience in the NFL.”
Haden is perceived to be in a battle with either Wright or Brown to start at one of the cornerbacks spots. Brown has been a mentor to Haden since he’s been here.
Haden was asked if it was uncomfortable trying to potentially unseat Brown.
“It’s not awkward,” Haden said. “Sheldon has been in the league a long time and he knows how it works.”
Quickhits: T. J. Ward lined up with the starters at safety, opposite DB Abe Elam…QB Colt McCoy hit rookie WR Johnathan Haggerty in the back of the end zone for a touchdown in 11-on-11…RB Peyton Hillis caught a 40-yard pass on third down from QB Seneca Wallace and then a 30-yarder to the five-yard line in the team scrimmage.