October 26, 2014

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Updated: Browns rookie Joe Haden agrees to deal, with $26M guaranteed

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Joe Haden agreed to a five-year contract Saturday afternoon, agent Malik Shareef confirmed.

Shareef said Haden hopes to have the deal signed in the next couple of hours, which would allow him to join the team for the evening practice. Haden missed a week of rookie sessions and the first full-squad practice of training camp Saturday morning.

Shareef confirmed the deal could reach $50 million, with a $12 million signing bonus and $26 million guaranteed. The Browns have yet to confirm the deal. Their policy is to wait until the contract is signed.

Haden was the No. 7 overall pick out of Florida. He’s expected to compete for a starting spot, or at worst be the nickelback.