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Cleveland Browns Sign First-Round Draft Pick Joe Haden

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Joe Haden #5 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Cleveland Browns and rookie first round pick Joe Haden have agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth upwards of $50 million, with $26 million guaranteed.

The signing ends any threat of a holdout by the rookie, and Haden may even report to training camp in time to suit up for Saturday evening's practice.

Joe Haden was the top cornerback taken in April's NFL draft at seventh overall. He has all the physical tools needed to become a true shutdown corner at the NFL level and is expected to immediately compete for playing time. Haden is a physical, intelligent force at the cornerback position and looks to adapt well to the pro game. The Browns currently project Eric Wright and off-season acquisition Sheldon Brown as the starters at cornerback, but a strong training camp and pre-season could elevate Haden into a starting role.

If Haden is unable to unseat either Wright or Brown, he will likely see plenty of playing time as the third CB, as Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan often utilizes three CB formations. Either way, avoiding missed time at training camp will allow Haden to get plenty of reps with his team before the start of the regular season and will help him quickly adjust to the NFL.

Haden was the last unsigned rookie for Cleveland and they now have all draft picks under contract.