Browns release CB Joe Haden

Former Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden was released by the Cleveland Browns. 

Injuries dogged Haden over the past two seasons and his salary for the next two seasons -- $11.1 in 2017 and $10.4 million in 2018 -- was prohibitive for teams with interest in the 2010 first-round draft pick. 

As a free agent, Haden can sign with any team after 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. 

According to reports, the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins have interest in Haden. 

"We want to thank Joe for all he has done for this organization both on and off the field," Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. 

"He has been a great teammate and a true asset to the Cleveland community. These are very difficult decisions, we have the utmost respect for Joe and in my eyes, he will always be a Cleveland Brown." 

Haden missed 11 games with a concussion and finger injury in 2015. A groin injury requiring offseason surgery slowed Haden all of 2016, when he missed three games but was graded as the least productive cornerback in the division by Pro Football Focus. 

Haden, 28, made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and signed a five-year deal. 

 
 
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