Steelers jump on Haden after release by Browns
CLEVELAND — Joe Haden only needed a few hours to find a team that wanted him.
It’s a squad he’s very familiar with.
Goodbye, Cleveland. Hello, Pittsburgh.
Cut earlier in the day by the Browns after seven seasons, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback signed a three-year, $27 million contract Wednesday with the rival Steelers, who are giving the 28-year-old a chance to exact some revenge on a team that doesn’t think he can play anymore.
Haden passed his physical and he’s now on the other side of a once-heated rivalry that has become utterly lopsided.
In seven seasons with Cleveland, Haden went just 2-12 against the Steelers and his signing will add some luster to this season’s opener when Pittsburgh visits Cleveland on Sept. 10.
PACKERS: A person familiar with the discussions says that Green Bay and free agent linebacker Ahmad Brooks have agreed to a one-year deal.
Brooks was in Green Bay on Tuesday to visit the Packers, who need to add depth at outside linebacker behind starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
JAGUARS: Jacksonville owner Shad Khan would be willing to swap home dates with the Houston Texans in an effort to help the city recover from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The Jaguars are scheduled to open the season in Houston on Sept. 10. The Texans are to play in Jacksonville on Dec. 17.
Khan is open to swapping those games if needed. The NFL has not announced any decisions regarding Houston’s opener.
If the teams swapped, the Texans would get three straight home games to close the season while the Jaguars would play three in a row on the road.
BENGALS: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had his NFL suspension reduced from five to three games Wednesday for his egregious hit on a Chiefs running back during a preseason game.
GILCHRIST: Running back “Cookie” Gilchrist is getting his place on the Buffalo Bills’ Wall of Fame in a nod to the franchise’s American Football League heyday.
Gilchrist, who died at the age of 75 in January 2011, will become the 31st member added to the wall ringing New Era Field during Buffalo’s home game against Oakland on Oct. 29.