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Carter’s Classroom: Why Haden’s still vital ☕

JOE HADEN AT OTAS - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

When our staff debated keeping Joe Haden around, it was an important question because of how it would affect the Steelers' salary cap, both this season and beyond.

But make no mistake, if the decision on Haden's contract was based purely on his value to the defense, he would receive top priority. Haden's presence has boosted efficiency in communication and helped mask mistakes of a young secondary. Here's why keeping him needs to be part of the plan:

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