Pro Football Network believes a veteran three-time Pro-Bowl defender could be a good free agent fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
PFN pointed out cornerback Joe Haden, someone who is extremely familiar with the Bengals, as a potential fit for Cincy.
Haden spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Browns before spending the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Joe Haden has spent his entire career in the AFC North, and he’d logically fit in with a team like the Baltimore Ravens or Cincinnati Bengals as a strong depth presence. Like most of the veteran NFL free agents on this list, his performance has waned over the past couple of years. Nevertheless, Haden can still step in and play well as an outside cornerback. He should be the first call if a starting cornerback goes down in a camp.
Haden is 33 years old and nearing the end of his NFL career.
But he can still be a dependable defender and he knows the AFC North as well as anyone.
Adding Haden would be a great depth move for the Bengals. It would give the team another option at cornerback if Eli Apple struggles. And it would also give the team some more options in the secondary if safety Jessie Bates carries his holdout into the regular season (perhaps Haden could make a late-career move to safety).
Haden has never won a Super Bowl, so I’m sure he’d love to join a team like the Bengals that has a top goal this year of winning a Lombardi Trophy.
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