Even when Gareon Conley gets healthy and even if he plays really well, corner remains a concern. Sean Smith and T.J. Carrie have been horrible this preseason. Smith is continuing a streak of bad play that started last season while Carrie played fairly well to end last year, creating hope that he would demolish this preseason.
David Amerson has played ok, not bad not great, just average. But he was injured in the third preseason game and will have to go through concussion protocol. The injury not only hurt due to Amerson being the best corner who was healthy, it also showed just how thin the cornerback position is.
After Smith, Carrie, Amerson and Conley, the Raiders have a group of guys who are just borderline NFL talents. And in today’s NFL, where teams spend more time in the nickel and dime than in their base defenses, having only four capable corners (two of whom have been flat out bad) is a dangerous situation to enter the season with.
Those are the arguments for making a move to acquire Haden. Here are the arguments against it:
Haden is 28 years old and appears to be on the backside of his career. The Browns are looking to move the once great corner after injuries seriously hindered his ability to play the past two seasons. Just this offseason, Haden underwent groin surgery for nagging groin issues that plagued him all of last season. The surgery was in January and he has been a participant in all activities since, so there’s a chance for a bounce back, but also a chance he just doesn’t have it any more.
And then there’s his contract. Haden has a cap hit of over $14 million the next two years and the Raiders can’t cut him without incurring a large dead money hit until 2019. They could cut him next season and incur a hit just over $3.6 million, which would still save them over $10 million against the cap when re-signing Khalil Mack. But that would essentially make Haden a one year, $17 million rental.
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