ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Saints attempted to trade for Browns CB Joe Haden before today’s deadline but ultimately determined the Browns’ asking price was too high for them.
Earlier in the week, Jason Cole of B/R reported that several teams were “extensive scouting” Haden but there was no mention of the Saints’ interest.
It was clear that the Browns weren’t looking to just trade players for picks to aid their rebuild, and were instead looking for a decent return for players like Haden and LT Joe Thomas. After all, Cleveland has plenty of draft picks to work with in the coming years.
As for the Saints, they could clearly use a cornerback of Haden’s caliber in their secondary after they sustained some key injuries earlier in the season.
Haden, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2010. He’s currently in the third year of his six-year, $74.678 million contract that includes $45 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $10.1 million for the 2016 season.
This year, Haden has appeared in five games for the Browns and has recorded 21 tackles, two interceptions, and seven pass defenses for the Browns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 29 cornerback out of 118 qualifying players.