PITTSBURGH (AP) A person familiar with the talks say the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden are nearing the completion of a three-year deal.
Haden’s deal is pending a physical but would be worth three years and $27 million, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed.
The Browns cut Haden earlier Wednesday, breaking ties with the two-time Pro Bowler who quickly found a new home with Cleveland’s biggest rival.
Talks between Pittsburgh and Haden were first reported by ESPN.
Haden’s signing adds spice to the season opener between the Browns and Steelers on Sept. 10.
Haden has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons, and the 28-year-old said this summer he was determined to show he can still be an elite defender. The former first-round draft pick has 19 interceptions in seven seasons. He’s played in just 18 games the past two years.
AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.
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