Hayden was released by the Browns on Monday. Hayden signed with the Browns in July and was expected to add a quality veteran presence on the defensive line after he had the three best seasons of his career the past three years. His release opens the door for Kenton Adeyemi and Carl Nassib to see some extra snaps.
Hayden has signed with the Browns. Hayden spent the past three seasons with the Cowboys, averaging over 43 tackles during his time in Dallas. Entering his eighth season, Hayden figures to add depth and experience to the Browns' interior defensive line.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made it a point of emphasis to mention to reporters at the NFL Meetings that re-signing defensive lineman Nick Hayden was important, reports the Dallas Morning News. "Well, we're always trying to get better and we have to get better,'' Garrett said. "We have to bring some impact players into our defense. But Nick has been such a good player for us as a leader of that defensive line and he's a really productive player. There's a lot of the dirty work but he's one of those guys who makes a lot of hits on the ball, is around the football a lot and simply makes a lot of plays. "That was an important signing for us.'' Hayden has started all 16 games with the Cowboys for two consecutive seasons. Over his seven-year career, he has 135 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Defensive tackle Nick Hayden has signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys, per ESPN. Hayden, 29, is entering his eighth season in the NFL, totaling 135 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. He has started all 16 games for two consecutive years for the Cowboys.
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (knee, concussion), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), tight James Hanna (knee), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder), safety Jeff Heath (thumb), guard Zack Martin (ankle), running back DeMarco Murray (hand) and quarterback Tony Romo (back) were cleared to play for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay. Hitchens, McClain and Mincey were listed as questionable, while the remaining players were all considered probable.