Haden on hand for first practice with Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP)—Joe Haden(notes) is the newest No. 23 in Cleveland.

The first-round draft pick, taken seventh overall, worked out at cornerback as the Browns went through their second day of camp on a hot Sunday before around 3,000 fans at their practice facility.

Haden and veteran corners Sheldon Brown(notes) and Eric Wright(notes) argued over who would get what number.

“I said, well, you all better give me a number besides 40 because I didn’t really like that number too much,” he said of the number he wore during rookie camp. “We worked it out and I got 23.”

Haden said he didn’t like 40 because it didn’t make him look fast enough.

A big fan of LeBron James, who of course left Cleveland to join the Miami Heat, Haden said he was disappointed that the Cavaliers’ No. 23 had left town.

“I was a little bummed because I definitely wanted to be a season-ticket holder,” he said.

He could sure afford it. The former Florida standout held out until signing a five-year deal on Saturday worth $50 million, with $26 million guaranteed.

“Those are kind of big numbers,” he said. “It did blow my mind at first. It’s just a blessing and an honor to know that I’m getting paid to do what I love. Now I’m just trying to get on the field and make the team welcome me. I definitely felt good when I came into the locker room how everybody was saying, ‘Hey, Big Money! Big Money!’ All this stuff. They’re just embracing me and have a good time.”

Coach Eric Mangini said Haden was capable of handling the pressures that come with joining the league, the big contract and adapting to the game.

“He’s a smart kid, a good person, a hardworking kid,” he said. “That will serve him well.”

During his first official practice as a Brown, Haden shared time with the other cornerbacks with whom he will battle for playing time.

At times he was matched up against receiver-kicker returner Josh Cribbs— perhaps the Browns most popular and best-known player—but no passes were thrown in their direction.

Most people believe it will come down to Haden and Wright for the starting spot.

“I’ve been challenged since I was a rookie coming in here trying to start,” said Wright, a fifth-year pro who started all 16 games a year ago for the Browns while intercepting four passes and totaling 65 tackles. “I stepped up to the plate as a rookie and was able to start early and get some playing time. You know, competition brings the best out of everybody and the cream will rise to the top.”

Haden adds speed and athleticism to a secondary that needs a dose of both. He’s willing to contribute in a number of ways.

“I just want to go out here and give (receivers) coach (George McDonald) whatever I can do. If he ends up giving me a starting job, that’s a blessing. But I’m just trying to go out and compete. It’s definitely what I want to do, of course. Everybody wants to start. But I’m just trying to put my best foot forward.”

Haden, who passed a conditioning test Saturday, posted messages to his Twitter account before his first practice that said, “Love being back with the team. … I’m happy to be here.”

He said he has already won another job.

“I just had to bring sunflower seeds to the meetings so far,” he said. “When all the boys need sunflower seeds, I’m the sunflower seed guy.”


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    W. 8 hours ago Report Abuse
    He better not be another Kellen Winslow jr. Cleveland does'nt need anymore "soldiers"
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    boof 10 hours ago Report Abuse
    Mr Common Sense will not be returning to this article because he crapped his diapers and is spending the rest of the afternoon rubbing his behind into his wheelchair and moaning in pure ecstasy.
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    A Yahoo! User 11 hours ago Report Abuse
    I must apologize for my cuzin Bubba Ray, you know him as area 51 or mr common sense, he has this bad feeling for yall in Cleveland cuz when he was a baby his ma and pa moved from here in Greer, South Carolina to Cleveland to work in the automobile factory. He lived there until he was 12 when his pa left his ma for a beautiful lady there then him an his ma came back here to Greer. Goin to school in Cleveland is why he got such good spellin. He turnt into a alchoholic whilst he was working at the Piggly Wiggly here, an then he started to have mental problems after we found out we wuz cuzins, we wuz almost married after bein together for 15 years. Good thing cuz his ma and pa were cuzins. We is tryin to help him but he is locked up tite in his traler and his fone is always busy cuz hes on the innernet all the time. Hes so lonly an scared of women now cuz of what happen betwixed us. We don know why he speaks about LA heck hes never been anyweres cept Greer an Cleveland in all his life. sined Billie Rae
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    A Yahoo! User 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    ms senseless WHEN DID YOU GET A LOB??????????????
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    bubba 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    HAIDEN, will be a flop. thinks hes good but lacks desire and knowledgable corner speed. wate of money. over rated
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    Mr Common Sense 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    Don't mind me Cleveland, I'm just mad becasue my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are going to blow big dick for long time to come. Now that the rest of country knows what a classless bunch of losers they really are, it is a difficult pill to swallow. Speaking of swallowing, anybody need their gonads drained this weekend. I will be posted out behind a dumpster near Heinz Field. Then again, Heinz field is kind of like a dumpter, filled with garbage everyday.
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    Mr Common Sense 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    However, I do love balls in my face!
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    A Yahoo! User 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    Did you move your trailer from greer south carolina or did you just lie about living elsewhwere!!!!!??????????
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    A Yahoo! User 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    ms common nonsense : For some rat that claims to be working, but posting inane comments all day, sure sounds like YOUR HOLED UP IN YOUR TRAILER IN GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA! IF I WERE YOU I'D BE AFRAID TO GO OUTSIDE TOO, WITH ALL THE CRIME IN THAT LITTLE TOWN!!
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    Mr Common Sense 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    I WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO THIS ARTICLE, SO........
    All you haters can get in the last word - I WILL NOT SEE IT
    All you haters can check back 50 times to see if I posted - YOU WILL SEE NOTHING

    UNTIL THE NEXT ARTICLE ABOUT THAT MISERABLE RATHOLE AND THEIR BOTTOM FEEDER SPORTS FRANCHISES

    HA HA HA HA
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    Mr Common Sense 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    It is good to be here in Philly today, Pitts tomorrow, and Detroit Wed. Then back to LA.......
    City of Angels
    City of beautiful women
    City of Champions
    City of Sun
    City with a ocean
    Hollywood
    BUT CLEVELAND HAS
    City of junkies
    City of fat women
    City of no sun
    City on Cyahoga River
    Euclid Ave
    GO FIGURE THAT THERE ARE 10 MILLION LIVING IN GREATER LA
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    A Yahoo! User 12 hours ago Report Abuse
    i wish i cud spel an tawk as gud as mr komon cents he is sew cmart an intelijent!
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    Mr Common Sense 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    Per The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Bicycle race no called "The LeQuit Race"
    CHECK IT OUT
    CANNOT BELIEVE THE RAGE ANF HATE IN THAT RATHOLE
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    A Yahoo! User 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    mr common sense: THESE ARE THE FACTS, SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING OF! LIVING IN GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA AS YOU DO, THE SAYING GOES THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SOULDN'T THROW STONES!
    Courtesy of: .www.city-data.com/city/Greer-South-Carolina.html
    AGAIN,Wow WHAT NERVE YOU HAVE mcs for such a small town, Greer S.C., less than 26,000 pop., I can't beleive how much crime there is in your neighborhood. Close to 100 registered sex offenders, murders and rapes at the rate of larger cities per capita and you have the nerve to talk about Cleveland. I make more per year at a small company, by alot , than the average wage is there in Greer. My home is worth so much more than the average house there in Greer. Even trailers like yours are worth more around this area than there in Greer. Home prices there in Greer have fallen over $20,000 since the 3rd Quarter of 2009 and here in Greater Cleveland have risen in that same period. WOW WHAT A HYPOCRITE YOU ARE!
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    Mr Common Sense 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    I would love to take a business trip to Cleveland, to see what made all the sports fans act like Hannibal Lector. The fact that there have been NO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THAT RATHOLE FOR OVER 50 YEARS must really be taking a toll. Maybe I will do some volunteer work at Bellvue West (the state nut ball hospital outside LA) to help me understand why people live in that rathole Cleveland, are so consumed by hate, cannot get / hold a job, are lifetime welfare recepiants, burn sports jerseys, dring bitter beer, scream hate / swear words at baseball ganes, all the sports players leave, no free agents will sign there...etc.
    KEEP SENSORING DEMOCRATS - THE TRUTH AND FACTS WILL NEVER FALL SILENT
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    Mr Common Sense 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    Keep posting the hate - Clevelanders: I sent a E-mail to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper suggesting that they change their name to: The Cleveland Plain Hater. They are still stirring up the 5 IQ fans in that rathole and pushing them to threats and violence.
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    Mr Common Sense 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    Wow - To Be in Philly on business, and still see all the Cleveland losers spinning their Democrat hate. Post all the spin, LIES, mis-information, BUT THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS, and you morons from that rathole Cleveland will still have to live with them:
    NO NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS EVER
    NO NFL SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES EVER
    NO NFL SUPER BOWL WINS EVER
    # 1 most miserable city in the USE per forbes
    NBA>>>>
    No LeBron
    No Wade
    No Bosh
    No Lowry
    No Barnes
    Genius owner like Dan Gilbert
    NFL LOSER HOLMGREN
    NFL LOSER MANGINI
    --No Braylen Edwards
    --No Derrick Anderson
    --No Brady Quinn
    --No Kellen Winslow
    NO TOM IZZO ALSO
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    A Yahoo! User 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    ms common nonsense : Re-cycled OLD
    Re-cycled RAT
    Re-cycled TURD
    Re-cycled LIAR WEARING
    Re-cycled DEPENDS
    Re-cycled FROM THE unemployment AND welfare OFFICES HE CHECKS IN AT
    WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR YOU TO BE UNEMPLOYED IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    casual observer 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    Gay Games 2014. Ummm. All those gay Europeans in their tight little shorts eyeballing you burly Cleveland men. Yummy. Gay Games 2014. They'll be bursting into your favorite watering holes, jamming your restaurants, and cramming into your hotels. Delish! Careful though, we don't want them tearing your city apart.
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    A Yahoo! User 13 hours ago Report Abuse
    Ms common sense:wow - for you to be in greer south carolina at the unemployment/welfare office says alot about how much you lie and how dillusional you are! and your proud of the crime in your little podunk town of 25,000 and the fact the nearest pro team is nearly 100 miles away from where you live and in a different state!
    i will spell this your way so you may be able to understand
    no nfl ganes to go to
    no major league baseball ganes to go to
    no nba ganes to go to
    no wnba ganes to go to
    not even those foofy msl ganes to go to
    no job
    no friends
    no family
    no brains
    no house, just a trailer
    you are an absolute nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dario 14 hours ago Report Abuse
    This common sense guy belongs in a freaking 'nut ball hospital' ffs man go out and get a job~ and before you say anything - I'm proud to live in Cleveland, I'm proud to sport my teams colors, I have a full time job, I'm in the AF reserves, I live in a way better neighborhood than you.. and most likely drive a way nicer car. So please man stfu already.
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    Mr Common Sense 15 hours ago Report Abuse
    I would love to take a business trip to Cleveland, to see what made all the sports fans act like Hannibal Lector. The fact that there have been NO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THAT RATHOLE FOR OVER 50 YEARS must really be taking a toll. Maybe I will do some volunteer work at Bellvue West (the state nut ball hospital outside LA) to help me understand why people live in that rathole Cleveland, are so consumed by hate, cannot get / hold a job, are lifetime welfare recepiants, burn sports jerseys, dring bitter beer, scream hate / swear words at baseball ganes, all the sports players leave, no free agents will sign there...etc.
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    Mr Common Sense 15 hours ago Report Abuse
    I am glad he got number 23 - so when he leaves that rathole asap, those morons that live in cleveland can implode again.
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    Mr Common Sense 15 hours ago Report Abuse
    Wow - To Be in Philly on business, and still see all the Cleveland losers spinning their Democrat hate. Post all the spin, LIES, mis-information, BUT THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS, and you morons from that rathole Cleveland will still have to live with them:
    NO NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS EVER
    NO NFL SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES EVER
    NO NFL SUPER BOWL WINS EVER
    # 1 most miserable city in the USE per forbes
    NBA>>>>
    No LeBron
    No Wade
    No Bosh
    No Lowry
    No Barnes
    Genius owner like Dan Gilbert
    NFL LOSER HOLMGREN
    NFL LOSER MANGINI
    --No Braylen Edwards
    --No Derrick Anderson
    --No Brady Quinn
    --No Kellen Winslow
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    A Yahoo! User 16 hours ago Report Abuse
    mr common sense: THESE ARE THE FACTS, SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING OF! LIVING IN GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA AS YOU DO, THE SAYING GOES THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SOULDN'T THROW STONES!
    Courtesy of: .www.city-data.com/city/Greer-South-Carolina.html
    AGAIN,Wow WHAT NERVE YOU HAVE mcs for such a small town, Greer S.C., less than 26,000 pop., I can't beleive how much crime there is in your neighborhood. Close to 100 registered sex offenders, murders and rapes at the rate of larger cities per capita and you have the nerve to talk about Cleveland. I make more per year at a small company, by alot , than the average wage is there in Greer. My home is worth so much more than the average house there in Greer. Even trailers like yours are worth more around this area than there in Greer. Home prices there in Greer have fallen over $20,000 since the 3rd Quarter of 2009 and here in Greater Cleveland have risen in that same period. WOW WHAT A HYPOCRITE YOU ARE!

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