After a bit of a sluggish start to the 2019 season, Joe Haden exploded for a five-interception performance and finished the year allowing just a 66.5 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks, according to Pro Football Reference.
But despite his good play last season, the Steelers would probably like to structure his money a bit differently if they could do his contact over. As a 31-year old, Haden is set to make nearly $10 million this season (which is fine). However, at age 32 in 2021, his cap number bumps up to over $15.5 million, according to Over the Cap.
What makes things worse is that if Haden plays poorly next season, the Steelers won’t even be able to get out of his contract in 2021 as Pittsburgh would take over an $8.5 million dead cap charge. The only way this contract will be worth it is if Haden is able to maintain his high level of play.
The Steelers have a lot of players under team-friendly contracts, but the front office would probably jump at the chance to have a doover on these five contracts. Let’s hope they don’t come back to bite us.