It didn’t take long for Joe Haden to find a new team following his release from the Browns.
The cornerback signed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Steelers after Pittsburgh emerged as the favorite to land the veteran, ESPN and other outlets reported.
According to the ESPN report, the deal will include $7 million in guaranteed money this season. To sweeten the deal, Haden will face his former team when the division rivals collide in the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.
All of this backstory leads to a tweet from Bell on Thursday. After news broke that general manager Kevin Colbert had his contract extended, Bell responded with what can be viewed as a sarcastic “congrats.”
These two are probably on good terms, but there is a certain hilarity in the fact Bell can’t get an extension, but Colbert can. Several other NFL fans and analysts took notice at Bell’s tweet, and came away with the same view of his underlying message.
There’s still time for Bell to get a long-term deal, but getting one before the season is ideal so the drama doesn’t carry out. If Colbert was smart, he’d want to lock up Bell for as long as possible, because he’s easily a top five back in the league.