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Browns trying to lock up Joe Haden, talked yesterday

2014 Pro Bowl

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 26: Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns and Team Rice returns an interception against Team Sanders during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 26, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joe Haden

Scott Cunningham

As the Browns try to kill the impression that they’re a rudderless dumpster fire presided over by a Clampett, they at least realize they’re going to have to do more than fire people and talk about it.

Locking up one of their best players would be a good start.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Browns have been negotiating a long-term deal with cornerback Joe Haden, and talked to his representatives yesterday. PFT has confirmed the talks, though nothing appears imminent.

Haden’s entering the final year of his rookie deal, which is scheduled to pay him $6.7 million this year.

He’ll get far more than that on a long-term deal, and will likely become one of the highest-paid players in the game whenever that deal comes.

And keeping him off the market and on the Browns roster will also add an air of stability to a franchise that could certainly use some.