Steelers signing Joe Haden for 2022 should definitely be on Omar Khan’s mind as injuries mount

The Pittsburgh Steelers could very well be in trouble at the cornerback position in the next 2022 season. The Steelers are gradually approaching the start of their season with the team’s first preseason game on Saturday August 13 against the Seattle Seahawks. If the Steelers want to have one of the best defenses in the league, they face a catastrophic problem that could very well prevent them. They thin out a bit in high school due to illnesses and injuries.


Cornerback Cam Sutton Last Steelers player to leave practice early with apparent knee injury; OT Chaz Green Abandoned


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One of the Steelers best cornerbacks, Cam Sutton left practice early Thursday with an apparent knee injury.

“Cam Sutton is being evaluated; we’ll see what happens with him,” Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said in his post-practice presser. “I think he had a lower body injury of some description. I don’t know the gravity there.

That doesn’t look promising at all for Sutton. The injured list continues to pile up at cornerback with Sutton’s recent injury. BC Levi Wallace dressed yesterday, but did not practice due to an illness designation. These are two of the Steelers’ top 3 options at cornerback that are currently unavailable.


Should the Steelers bring in a familiar face, after a plague of injuries at cornerback?


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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden celebrates his game-ending interception in the fourth quarter, Dec. 1, 2019, at Heinz Field. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com)

If Sutton’s injury is serious and the Steelers are without his services for an extended period, they will undoubtedly have to add to the room. The undrafted rookie stories are great and inspiring, but if Sutton is out long term, the Steelers can’t count on him if they’re trying to have the best defense in the league. They will have to add a veteran in the room.

Who would be better to add to the mix in this scenario than the former Steelers CB Joe Haden? Haden is still currently a free agent whose services could be added on a cheaper deal. He could also be used situationally if the team’s current corners become healthy. During his time at Steel City, Haden was just an overall leader that his teammates and even coaches looked up to! In the spring, during minicamp, the Steelers defensive backs coach, Grady Brown said the team will miss Haden’s leadership at the back in 2022.

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“Joe was awesome,” Brown said emphatically in the interview. “Let me say, you talk about me as a rookie coach in the NFL last year, Joe was awesome. He taught me a lot of these differences between the college game and between the professional game and how to approach players and all that stuff,” Brown told Spring.

“And I will miss Joe immensely as a person and just as a player, I mean I can’t say enough good things about his personality. I don’t know if he’s ever had a bad day, so Joe we will miss all of them, but just his presence, his energy that he brought every day and his desire to learn. You know, he wanted to know what I wanted, what I had to teach him. And he will certainly be missed here.

Haden, despite his age, would be an immediate upgrade from the Steelers’ current availability, behind CB Ahkello Witherspoon. If news comes out that Sutton will be out for an extended period of time, the team’s front office only needs to make one call for a veteran cornerback, and it should be Haden at the other end. to answer !

What do the yinz think? Should the Steelers call Haden if Sutton’s injury is a long-term issue? Sound off in the comments section below, or on Facebook, Twitterand/or Instagram!

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