Former Steelers cornerback Joe Haden is officially retiring from football, his agent confirmed Wednesday morning.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the decision and says he will sign a one-day contract with his former team, the Cleveland Browns and retire with them.
The move is a little curious considering he played with the Steelers last season. He wanted a contract extension, but the Steelers let him play his current deal out and made no attempt to re-sign him.
With Haden retiring with the Browns, maybe he feels a little spurned by the Steelers.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have love for his former black and gold teammates.
He has been active on social media praising the play of Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and wished outside linebacker T.J. Watt a speedy recovery after he suffered a pectoral injury that put him on injured reserve.
Haden also recently got a tattoo of himself in a half Browns, half Steelers jersey.
The 33-year-old played in 158 career games, starting in 148 of them over 12 seasons with 29 interceptions for 290 yards and was a three-time Pro Bowler.
He has seven career forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries and 615 total tackles.
The Browns released Haden before the 2017 season after he refused to take a pay cut and made an instant impact.