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Browns series: Top 10 best players since ’99; No. 6 Joe Haden

The Cleveland Browns returned to the playing field in 1999 after a brief three-year window when their original organization was moved to Baltimore after the conclusion of the 1995 season.

Since that move was made much of the current conversations revolve around what’s happened since 1999. The new Cleveland organization has had its problems over the last two decades with numerous coaching changes and over 30 quarterbacks trying their hand at leading the team.

While there have been issues, they’ve still put together some squads over the years that have played tough and even gotten into the postseason a time or two. Along the way, there have been numerous players that have shown true grit and dedication to being the very best.

We want to recognize those players in this series. Qualifying for being in the top 10 included playing for the Browns for three seasons or more. Several high-profile players have come through town over the years, but not many of them did much in their time with the Browns.

So, if you’re expecting to see Odell Beckham Jr. on this list you won’t. This list does include a couple of current players as well so we can point out their outstanding accomplishments already.

No. 6 all-time Cleveland Browns player since 1999 – Joe Haden, CB
Joe Haden was the new-age Brown’s first real legitimate star in the secondary and for many seasons, he did things for his team that no one else could.

He was drafted No. 7 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida. The former Gator cornerback was expected to do big things in Cleveland, and he didn’t disappoint. He started his rookie campaign by intercepting six passes, forcing a fumble, recording 64 tackles, and having 18 pass deflections.

During that first season, Haden had a string of four straight games where he picked off the quarterback. For his career in Cleveland, he ended up grabbing 19 interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

He also forced seven fumbles and recovered six of them. He made two Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Browns. For his career, which included a stint as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he finished with 155 passes defended which is ranked No. 7 in NFL history.

The move by Haden to go to the Steelers in the latter half of his career surprised some Browns fans because of the rivalry between the two teams but despite that move, Haden was one of the best cornerbacks to play in Cleveland.

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