Joe Haden is now the second-highest paid Cleveland Brown under the salary cap.
The new five-year extension he recently signed means he costs $12.127 million this season against the cap, behind only Joe Thomas ($12.3 million) and ahead of Alex Mack ($10 million). Paul Kruger and Ahtyba Rubin are fourth and fifth.
When it comes to cash paid, Haden leads the Browns. He’ll earn $22.878 million in cash this season, with Thomas at $11.1 million, Donte Whitner at $11 million and Mack and Karlos Dansby at $10 million.
Haden’s contract is a straightforward deal that shows the faith the Browns have in him. There are no funny roster bonuses, no “escapes” as time goes on. Haden also will be paid at least $10 million per season through 2019, though the cap cost if he leaves the team goes from $6.4 million to $3.2 million to zero in the final three years of the deal, the figures from ESPN's Roster Management System.
The contract breaks down this way:
A $14 million signing bonus
Total guarantees of $45.078 million
Base salary of $6.678 million in 2014, $8.3 million fully guaranteed in ’15, $10.1 million fully guaranteed in ’16, $11.1 million in ’17, $11.1 million ($4 million guaranteed) in ’18 and $10.4 million in ’19.
A workout bonus of $200,000 this season, and $100,000 in each of the final five years.
For a frame of reference, Seattle’s Richard Sherman">Richard Sherman received $40 million in guaranteed money and a signing bonus of $11 million. Haden’s deal averages $13.5 million per year, Sherman’s $14 million.