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Joe Haden on Steelers extension: “Time is ticking”

Steelers lineman David DeCastro believes some fans treat players like circus animals and take their passion for the game too far.

In late July, Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was optimistic about his chances at a contract extension.

Now that we’re almost out of August, he’s not as sure.

Via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the veteran cornerback is aware the Steelers do not negotiate contracts once the season starts, and can see a calendar to know that’s next week.

“We’re still working,” Haden said. “It’s been a long process. I’m still optimistic, still hoping that everything goes down, but time is ticking. We’ve got a couple days, and we’ll figure it out.”

Haden’s entering the final year of the three-year contract he signed with the Steelers in 2017, and is scheduled to count $11.9 million against the salary cap.

He hasn’t played this preseason because of an ankle injury, but he returned to practice this week.

Now the real work begins, with a deadline in sight.