Despite his agent stating he has no intention of holding out, it appears unlikely that Cleveland Browns first-round pick Joe Haden will be at camp on time.
Rookies are scheduled to report to camp on Friday, but the Browns don’t even have second-round pick Montario Hardesty or third-rounder Colt McCoy signed yet.
PFT’s Mike Florio speculates that Hardesty and McCoy could get their deals done before rookies report. However, Haden’s inexperienced agent may slow the negotiating process.
Further, his deal could depend on what type of contract the Oakland Raiders give to their first-round pick, linebacker Rolando McClain.
McClain was selected with the eighth overall pick in the draft, one spot removed from Haden.
Last year the Raiders gave their first-round pick, Darrius Heyward-Bey, a five-year deal with $23.5 million guaranteed. McClain’s agents are well aware of that deal and are likely seeking a large guarantee for their client this year.
As Florio points out, it would be foolish for Haden not to wait for McClain to first striking his deal before finalizing his own.
That said, Haden failed to impress coaches in offseason workouts. Whether his slow progress impedes his contract value remains to be seen.