Six potential landing spots for Joe Haden

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Following the news of his release by the Browns, cornerback Joe Haden has already started fielding offers from other teams. Here are some likely landing spots for the former Brown:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

This one will likely hurt Browns fans the most, which also makes it feel like the most probable occurrence. Immediately following his release, the Steelers were the first name to come up as a potential landing spot, and the rumors were confirmed by a meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The news was also confirmed by Ian Rapoport; the Steelers are definitely going to meet with Haden.

The Steelers also have 13.3 million dollars in cap space available to pay Haden.

2. New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints have 9.9 million dollars in cap space and a need for depth in the secondary, so Haden meeting with the Saints would make sense for both sides. If the price is right for Haden, the Saints

If the price is right for Haden, the Saints are another logical landing spot. This was further corroborated by Adam Schefter:

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Aug 19, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After already acquiring Cameron Erving via trade from the Browns, poaching another Browns player isn’t off the table for Kansas City. They have less cap space available than the Saints or Steelers, as they only have 8.6 million dollars left.

The Chiefs already have an outstanding defense, including one of the NFL’s top corners in Marcus Peters, and Haden could add some valuable depth while also playing on a champion caliber team outside of the AFC North.

4. Oakland Raiders

Like the Steelers and Chiefs, the Raiders are a championship caliber team that has the cap space to pay Haden good money if they wanted to. They currently have 13 million dollars to potentially get a deal done if they wanted to pursue one.

Oakland also had a fairly strong secondary last season, finishing tied for 9th in the league with 16 interceptions recorded and 70 passes defended.


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5. San Francisco 49ers

Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (99) and linebacker Elvis Dumervil (58) sack Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Like the Browns, the 49ers are rebuilding their team. They’re building off the backs of young players, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for them to go out and get Haden.

The case for San Francisco is mostly found in the money they¬†have to spend. They currently have 68.3 million dollars left to spend, and could easily sign Haden for a portion of that while still beating out any other team’s offer to the veteran corner.

The case against San Francisco is that they are also in a rebuilding stage, and Haden is likely going to be interested in going to a championship caliber team to try and win a ring before he retires.

6. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are at the bottom of this list because they’re right in the middle in almost every category. They’re not in rebuilding mode, but they’re not a championship caliber team yet. They also have cap space to throw around, but they only have 8.9 million of it.

It seems unlikely that Haden would choose to play for the Dolphins, but he should be fielding a few offers to choose from and Miami is likely to be among them.

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