Browns First-Round Pick Joe Haden Headed for a Holdout?


Despite his agent stating he has no intention of holding out, it appears unlikely that Browns first-round pick Joe Haden will be at camp on time. Rookies are scheduled to report to camp on Friday, but the Browns don’t even have second-round pick Montario Hardesty or third-rounder Colt McCoy signed yet and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculates that Hardesty and McCoy could get their deals done before rookies report.

However, Haden’s inexperienced agent may slow the negotiating process. Further, his deal could depend on what type of contract the Oakland Raiders give first-round pick linebacker Rolando McClain who might be seeking a better deal than what Darrius Heyward-Bey received last year (five-year deal with $23.5 million guaranteed). As Florio points out, it would be foolish for Haden not to wait for McClain to first striking his deal before finalizing his own and with Haden failing to impress coaches in offseason workouts it might impedes his contract value.


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