Steelers give Haden three years
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — Joe Haden is sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The veteran cornerback and the team have agreed to a new three-year, $32 million contract that will keep Haden in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. Haden was in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with Pittsburgh after being released by the Cleveland Browns on the eve of the 2017 season.
“Letssss Goooo!!!” Haden posted on Instagram late Sunday night. “So glad we got the deal done! On to week 1! Locked IN!!”
The 30-year-old has resurrected his career with the Steelers, becoming the team’s top cornerback while helping an inexperienced secondary find its footing. Haden has played 26 games across two seasons for Pittsburgh, with one interception and 19 passes defensed. He did not play in the preseason as a precaution due to an ankle injury.
The two-time Pro Bowler said last week the injury would not prevent him from playing in Pittsburgh’s season opener at New England on Sept. 8.
Dolphins keep dumping players
MIAMI — Linebacker Kiko Alonso has been traded by the Miami Dolphins to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Vince Biegel Sunday.
The trade was the latest payroll-cutting move by the Dolphins as they rebuild under first-year coach Brian Flores. Alonso was due to make $6.5 million this year.
The Dolphins sent tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills to the Texans in a deal completed Saturday. That deal included two other players and draft picks, among them first-round selections in 2020 and 2021 going to Miami.
Alonso started all but two games for the Dolphins in 2016-18 and made 125 tackles last year. Biegel, a third-year pro, played in 14 games as a reserve for the Saints in 2018.
Broncos add backup
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos were awarded four players off waivers Sunday, including quarterback Brandon Allen from the Los Angeles Rams, who will serve as Joe Flacco’s backup with rookie Drew Lock out with a sprained right thumb.
Lock was emerging as the Broncos’ No. 2 QB when was sacked in an exhibition game against San Francisco and jammed his throwing hand into the grass, spraining his right thumb.
Elway made clear Saturday after turning in his initial roster that he wasn’t finished building the 2019 Broncos, saying, “We’re going to try to get better when we see the (waiver) wire. If there’s someone on there that can make us better, then we’ll take advantage of it.”
Eagles sign ex-Giant QB
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles signed former New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta to their practice squad along with eight other players.
Lauletta was drafted in the fourth round out of Richmond in 2018. He threw only five passes as a rookie, including one interception. Lauletta played well in the preseason, tossing four touchdowns, no picks and posting a 103.8 passer rating. He’ll learn behind Carson Wentz, Josh McCown and Nate Sudfeld.
Clowney trade finalized
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks finalized their trade for standout pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney on Sunday, sending two players and a 2020 third-round pick to the Houston Texans.
Seattle bolstered one of its biggest needs heading into the season by landing Clowney after his contract dispute with the Texans.
The Seahawks sent veteran former first-rounder Barkevious Mingo and second-year pass rusher Jacob Martin to Houston. Mingo was moved to defensive end during the offseason after spending the past few seasons playing outside linebacker. Martin, a sixth-round pick in 2018, showed flashes of potential in his rookie season but had just three sacks and was going to be a situational pass rusher this season.
Clowney held out from training camp with the Texans. The outside linebacker was unhappy about Houston using the franchise tag on him and no progress on a long-term contract. But the Seahawks had both the salary-cap space to absorb Clowney’s cost and the need for help on the defensive line.
Bears lineman sticking around
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have signed Pro Bowl offensive lineman Cody Whitehair to a five-year contract extension through the 2024 season.
The Bears announced the extension Sunday. ESPN reported that it was worth $52.5 million and includes $27.5 million guaranteed.
Whitehair was in the last season of his four-year rookie contract. The second-round draft pick out of Kansas State in 2016 has started all 48 regular-season games since entering the league. He has started primarily at center but will switch this season to left guard, where he started two games during the 2017 season.
Raiders pick up Kizer
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders claimed quarterback DeShone Kizer off waivers from the Green Bay Packers.
The move made Sunday gives Oakland four quarterbacks for the time being with Kizer joining starter Derek Carr and backups Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman.
Kizer was originally a second-round pick by Cleveland in 2017.