According to Cole, Haden is still viewed as an above-average cornerback in the NFL, despite the injuries he’s dealt with in recent years. Beyond that, Cole says that Haden could very well be the best available defender in this year’s trade market, considering that he could be a plug-and-play option for a team.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Haden has been a part of trade talks in recent weeks and it’s possible that trade talks “ramp up” in the days leading up to the deadline.
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.
We’ll have more regarding potential trades involving Haden as the news is available.