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Pittsburgh Steelers CB Joe Haden to play out final year of contract, test free-agent market in 2022

PITTSBURGH — Cornerback Joe Haden is certain to play the 2021 time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After that, however, the Professional Bowl corner will hit the absolutely free marketplace, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday morning.

Haden, who approached the group about a contract extension previous thirty day period, has decided to play out his contract and exam the absolutely free-agent marketplace in 2022, when the salary cap is expected to improve noticeably, Rosenhaus advised Schefter.

“Joe has in no way been a UFA right before and is fired up about that option,” Rosenhaus claimed. “We expect him to have a extremely strong marketplace.”

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Haden, 32, signed a a few-yr, $27 million deal with the Steelers as a absolutely free agent in 2017 a working day right after he was amazingly unveiled by the Browns.

In 2019, Haden signed a two-yr, $22 million extension that will take him by way of the 2021 time. He beforehand expressed a drive to complete his occupation in Pittsburgh, by way of Rosenhaus and in discussions with the media.

“Obviously want to stay right here,” Haden claimed briefly on Aug. 23. “Just the corporation, the personnel, coaches, Mentor T [Mike Tomlin]. I never have also considerably additional. But I want to be right here.”

In four seasons with the Steelers, Haden has been a steadying power in the secondary with ten interceptions, forty eight passes defended and two forced fumbles in 56 commences. He acquired a Professional Bowl nod in 2019 right after racking up five interceptions.

Though Haden has been immeasurably worthwhile at corner, the Steelers have other massive-ticket contracts on the horizon that possible produced paying out Haden a tricky sell. Professional Bowl edge rusher T.J. Watt is set for a massive payday any working day, and the Steelers will also possible indicator All-Professional basic safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to a new deal in the close to foreseeable future right after working out his fifth-yr solution previously this yr.