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Joe Haden, agent deny having hand in jerseys sent to Pacman Jones

Pacman Jones crying

Former NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones received a delivery at his home this week that he did not appreciate, and the contents of the package led some to believe Pittsburgh Steelers star Joe Haden may have sent it. Haden insists he did not.

Jones shared a video on Instagram live Wednesday that showed him burning a pile of autographed Steelers jerseys he received in the mail. Jones specifically mentioned Haden. Beware that the video contains inappropriate language:

It’s unclear who sent the package or why, but Jones wasn’t happy about it. After he caught wind of the jersey burning session, Haden took to Instagram to say he had nothing to do with it.

Haden’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, then issued a statement on Thursday reiterating that the jerseys were not sent by Haden. The statement condemned Pacman’s actions.

Apparently the delivery is just a bizarre occurrence in what has been a very unusual offseason. Jones played for the Cincinnati Bengals and talked a bit of trash to the Steelers during his career, but it doesn’t make much sense for someone to send him a box of autographed jerseys. We may never know the truth about who sent the package, but we now know what happens if you send Steelers swag to Pacman.

Joe Haden feels snubbed after NFL announces All-Decade Team

Joe Haden

The NFL announced the All-Decade Team for the 2010s on Monday, and one player feels snubbed.

Among the defensive backs voted to the team were Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman, and Chris Harris. There was no space for Joe Haden, who has been an excellent player for the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers since entering the league in 2010.

Haden posted the stats of several selections, and then his own — arguing that he deserved the nod.

Does Haden have a point? Revis and Sherman deserve their place on the team, as they’ve been two of the most dominant defensive backs in recent memory. Their numbers are low, in part, because they were so dominant that quarterbacks avoided throwing their way.

Haden takes his role very seriously and has a lot of pride. It’s still fun to see him kick off a debate like this.

Joe Haden, Steelers agree to two-year contract extension

Joe Haden

Joe Haden got the contract extension from the Pittsburgh Steelers that he was seeking.

The 30-year-old cornerback agreed to a two-year, $22 million extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal reportedly will pay Haden a $16.8 million signing bonus.

Haden was in the final season of a 3-year, $27 million deal he signed with the Steelers two years ago. He is due to make $10 million in base salary this season.

Haden had 63 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games last season. The former No. 7 overall pick has performed well for Pittsburgh since being picked up by the team after the Browns cut him.

Joe Haden frustrated with pass interference calls

Joe Haden was called for two pass interference fouls during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and was not happy about it.

Haden was the victim of arguably the worst call of the season when he was called for a pass interference on a fourth down in the first quarter. Instead of an interception, the Saints got the ball at the 1-yard line and scored to go up 7-3.

Later in the game, Haden was called for another pass interference on a fourth down play. This one came with two minutes left, extended New Orleans’ drive, and led to the Saints’ winning touchdown.

Haden complained that “you can’t touch” receivers.

Haden is right. The frequency of defensive pass interference or defensive holding calls feels astronomical, which has made the game so one-sided towards passing offenses. You can’t touch a receiver without the fear of a penalty — often one that changes the outcome.

Joe Haden mocks Browns for cutting him to pay Brock Osweiler

Joe Haden

Joe Haden got out of Cleveland just in time to avoid going 0-16 with the Browns, and he certainly doesn’t seem happy about it.

Haden was asked by the Browns to take a pay cut, despite the team having plenty of cap space. That obviously didn’t sit well with him, and he was not shy to point it out when recounting the events that led to his release.

“They were going to pay Brock Osweiler $16 million and he’s not even on the team, and they wanted to cut money from me!” Haden told Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated.

Initial reports indicated that the Browns’ coaching staff was not happy that Haden was cut, and he ultimately landed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he’s now in the playoffs. It’s not exactly a coincidence that Cleveland went 0-16 with decisionmaking like that from their old front office.


Joe Haden won’t play for Steelers vs. Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers will face one of their toughest tests of the season against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and they’ll have to do it without Joe Haden.

Haden, who broke his leg in Week 10, returned to practice this week. However, he is not quite ready to return to game action.

Haden’s absence could be huge for Pittsburgh. He’s arguably their best defender in man coverage, and the majority of Tom Brady’s success against the Steelers in recent years has come when Mike Tomlin’s team was playing zone defense.

Last season, the Patriots beat Pittsburgh 27-16 at Heinz Field in the regular season before handing them a 36-17 beating the the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro. In those two games combined, Brady completed 75 percent of his passes and threw for 606 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. During the 2015 regular season, Brady completed 25 of 32 passes for 288 yards, four touchdowns and no picks against the Steelers. Pittsburgh could use all the help it can get, but it won’t be coming from Haden.

Report: Joe Haden only expected to miss three weeks with leg injury

Joe Haden

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden left Sunday’s game with what was revealed to be a fibula fracture, but that is apparently an injury that sounds a lot worse than it actually is.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Haden will not need surgery and only has a “slight” fracture. He could return in as little as three weeks.

That’s obviously great news for the Steelers, as the acquisition of Haden earlier this season is a big reason why they ranked second in the NFL with 180.0 pass yards allowed per game heading into Sunday.

Pittsburgh’s secondary has been one of its strongest groups this season after the unit struggled in recent years. Some adjustments will be needed without Haden, but the veteran should be back for the stretch run and playoffs.

Joe Haden out indefinitely after suffering fractured fibula

Joe Haden

The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to come from behind to pick up an important win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but they got some tough news regarding one of their best defensive players.

Joe Haden left the game in the first half with a leg injury, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin later revealed that the starting cornerback will be out indefinitely with a fractured fibula.

Haden has been a very important part of a Pittsburgh pass defense that is one of the NFL’s best. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Colts, the Steelers were allowing just 180.0 passing yards per game, which was the second-best mark in the NFL behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The good news for the Steelers is that Haden is not necessarily out for the remainder of the season. Former NFL team doctor David Chao says the type of injury Haden suffered likely won’t require surgery, and the veteran could miss just 4-6 weeks.

Hue Jackson denies that he was ‘irate’ over Joe Haden release

Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson is pushing back against reports that he was kept out of the loop and left livid by the team’s release of cornerback Joe Haden.

CBS Sports had reportedly Sunday that Jackson and other Browns coaches had been caught off guard and “irate” over the Browns’ decision to release Haden, but after the Browns’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson claimed that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

“That did not come from me,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “I think you guys know me well enough that if I feel something, I am going to say it. I don’t run from that. Me and the executive team are working lockstep, hand-in-hand. I don’t know where that came from. I trust (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) Sashi (Brown) and I trust our executive team to make the right decisions for this football team.

“I stand behind that whole-heartedly. Never wanted to see Joe go, but at the same time, we made the decision as an organization. I totally stand behind it.”

Maybe Jackson was annoyed that Haden landed with Cleveland’s Week 1 opponent. Either way, it’s interesting that he felt it important to come out and deny this specific report.

Browns coaches reportedly were irate over Joe Haden release

Joe Haden

The Cleveland Browns’ surprising decision to release cornerback Joe Haden prior to the season apparently was not well received by the team’s coaching staff.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the release of Haden had Browns head coach Hue Jackson “irate.” Jackson reportedly had no idea that the team was even shopping the cornerback.

Cleveland’s coaching staff is said to have felt that Haden was having a good offseason and that he was healthier than he had been in the past. They also looked at him as a key leader for the club. Then the Browns released him out of nowhere, and he signed with the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

What did Cleveland gain from the move? They paid around $4 million to release him rather than the $11 million he was owed for the upcoming season.

Haden’s play had dropped off the past few years according to Pro Football Focus, but that could be attributed to injuries.

Clearly Pittsburgh expects him to turn it around.