When Odell Beckham Jr. arrived in Cleveland this offseason, defensive backs across the AFC North noticed their jobs get a lot onerous twice a season.
Amongst those that will now need to take care of OBJ on a extra common foundation is Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback and former Browns’ first spherical decide, Joe Haden.
Haden performed from the Browns from 2010-16 and was a fan favourite after being taken with the No. 7 general pick of Florida. He earned second crew All-Professional honors with the squad in 2013 and was a two-time Professional Bowl decide.
When requested what it will likely be like cowl OBJ by reporters on Saturday at Jarvis Landry’s superstar softball recreation in Cleveland, Haden smiled.
“I work out with Odell the final three years, every offseason .We get it in and have an excellent time,” Haden advised reporters. “It’s pleasant competitors, however on the finish of the day, once we line it up, I’m going to hope we win and he’s going to hope they win.”
On the recreation, Haden reunited with some outdated teammates, together with linebacker Christian Kirksey.
In 2017, Haden signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Browns division rival simply hours after being launched. He stated a need for crew success and seeing the postseason is what drew him to the Steelers.
“I simply felt like as soon as I used to be free, I wished to have an opportunity to have the ability to play in some significant video games, you realize what I’m saying?,” Haden advised WKYC after signing with the Steelers. “They don’t actually miss the playoffs, so I’m like, I simply wished to be part of one thing the place I may play within the playoffs.”
Browns Grow to be Contenders With Odell Beckham Jr. Addition
Issues have modified fairly a bit across the Browns’ locker room since Haden was round and Cleveland has established itself as a contender for the division with a collection of big-name offseason additions.
With OBJ, Olivier Vernon and Kareem Hunt coming to Cleveland within the offseason to mix forces with a younger core than contains Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Myles Garrett, Browns followers are able to put their paper luggage away for good — one thing Haden couldn’t have imagined when he was round.
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Beckham has expressed his needs to “deliver banners” to the franchise, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.
“I’m past enthusiastic about a chance I’ve to begin over,” Beckham advised reporters. “Clearly the purpose is at all times going to be the identical: to hold banners.”
The Browns haven’t received the AFC North for the reason that crew reentered the league in 1999. Nonetheless, Beckham can see what the crew has round that would change that pattern as they compete with Haden’s Steelers and Lamar Jackson’s Ravens.
“Phrases don’t even actually do it justice for me. I’m nearly giddy,’’ stated Beckham. “I actually really feel it, and I really feel one thing within the air, one thing particular that Cleveland hasn’t had for some time. And I’m comfortable to be part of that. I hope that I can assist do no matter I must do to push that that method.”
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