The Philadelphia Eagles will not be signing Joe Haden. The veteran free agent cornerback is reportedly joining the Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-year, $27 million contract, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. Haden is making $7 million in the first year of his deal.
After being released by the Cleveland Browns today, it was reported that the Eagles were one of many teams “very much in the mix” for Haden’s services. Haden ended up joining an NFL team located in Pennsylvania ... just not the one in Philadelphia.
It’s quite fine that the Eagles did not sign Haden. As I explained earlier today, it didn’t make sense for the Eagles to spend big money on him. Philly currently only has around $13.5 million in cap space. If they don’t spend that money this year, they can roll it over into next year’s cap space. And they’ll probably need to do that because Alshon Jeffrey, Tim Jernigan, and Nigel Bradham are going to be free agents after this season.
The Eagles will move forward with a cornerback group that no one will mistakes as the strength of the team. But at least the Birds have some young players with potential at that spot such as Ronald Darby (23), Jalen Mills (23), Rasul Douglas (22), and Sidney Jones (21).
Philadelphia could look to add more depth to the corner position after final cuts take place this Saturday on Sept. 2.