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Joe Haden announces retirement, as a member of the Cleveland Browns

The former Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback is calling it a career.

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It seems fitting it is this week Joe Haden has decided to call it a career.


The two NFL franchises he called home during his career, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, are set to face off against one another in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football.

As being reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and confirmed by Haden’s agent Drew Rosenhaus, the veteran cornerback is deciding to call it a career. On top of that, Haden is reportedly set to sign a one-day contract with Cleveland to retire a member of the Browns.

Haden, now 33 years-old, had spent the 2017 to 2021 seasons with the Steelers after he was released by the Browns. He had served as a steady presence in the Steelers’ secondary, starting 66 games and racking up 10 interceptions during his time in Pittsburgh, but dealt with a foot injury in 2021 which forced him to miss five games and not record an interception.

The former University of Florida product will retire with 148 starts under his belt, totaling 615 tackles, 29 interceptions and two touchdowns. He was selected to three Pro Bowls in all.

Steelers fans welcomed Haden into the organization with open arms, and Haden reciprocated that love. We here at BTSC wish Haden well in his future endeavors.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Browns this week on Thursday Night Football.