Steel­ers jump on Haden after re­lease by Browns

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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