Saturday, July 31, 2010

Browns: Haden Signs, Hardesty Twists Ankle

Our first Browns post, LeBastards!

Today the Cleveland Browns came to terms with first round pick Joe Haden on a 5 year contract worth $50 million ($26 million guaranteed), not including a $12 million signing bonus.  Haden was the last of the Browns 8 2010 draft picks to sign his rookie contract.  Due to not being under contract, Haden has not been practicing with the Browns up to this point.  He will, however, be available to practice with the team at their next practice, scheduled for 5:45 pm tonight.  Earlier this morning during head coach Eric Mangini's press confrence, he Browns coach reinforced the need for Haden to show up and start practicing with the team as soon as humanly possible.  Haden will wear jersey #23 and battle for the starting Corner Back jobs with Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown, who are the projected starters.

In other Browns news, second-round pick Montario Hardesty as twisted his ankle and will miss "a few weeks," according to coach Mangini.  Hardesty has a history of injuries while playing at Tennessee and was expected to challenge holdover Jerome Harrison for the starting half back job.  Due to the length of time missed due to the injury, it appears Harrison, who rushed for 561 yards in the final three games last season, will start the season at half back.

What do you think about the outlook of the Browns for this upcoming season?  I have an outlook article in the pipeline, but for now shout out in the comments!

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