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Insider Only Steelers sign Joe Haden, stick to organizational philisophy of lining up new extensions with the Big Ben Window

The long anticipated extension is now official.

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night signed cornerback Joe Haden to a two-year, $22 million extension. The deal includes a $16.8 million signing bonus for the 30 year old Haden and reduced his cap hit for the 2019 season by over $3 million.

The deal is essentially a three year, $32 million contract for Haden as the 30 year old is now under contract through the 2021 season. Hade was due to make $10 million this season after signing a three year, $27 million contract with the Steelers in August 2017.

The two sides began working on a new deal just before training camp and parameters of a new deal was on the table weeks ago but it took a little while for the sides to eventually get over the finish line.

One priority for the Steelers in talks was to lineup the Haden extension with the 3-4 year Super Bowl window they believe they still have with Ben Roethlisberger under center.

It’s been an organization philosophy to plan this way for stars and starting level players all in their late 20’s or 30’s.

Among the notables signed to extensions or as UFA’s this off-season/summer:

Ben Roethlisberger, 37, signed through 2021
Joe Haden, 30, signed through 2021
Maurkice Pouncey, 30, signed through 2021
Mark Barron, 29, signed through 2020
Ramon Foster, 33, signed through 2020

Even the signing of 26 year No. 2 cornerback Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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William DePaoli

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