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Browns' Haden says it will be a "tight fight" for first Cleveland title

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LeBron and the Cavaliers aren't the only team in Cleveland that'll be chasing the city's first championship since the 1964 Browns won the NFL title.

Cornerback Joe Haden of the Browns said "it's going to be a tight fight," between the Browns and Cavs to see who'll win a title first.

"LeBron makes things happen pretty quickly, so we're going to have to get to it," Haden said Friday on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "I say it's going to be a tight fight. I know me and [Johnny] Manziel will be pushing to make that happen before. That's why LeBron is coming here, to bring a championship to the city, and I'm trying to do the same thing."

The 25-year-old Haden was a Pro Bowler last season and has played all four of his NFL seasons in Cleveland after the Browns drafted him seventh overall in 2010.

"It's a great day in Cleveland," Haden said. "It's been almost overwhelming. I was actually having my football camp when people that were at my camp — peoples' parents — were like, 'Oh my goodness, LeBron's here. LeBron's here. LeBron's coming back home.' I'm super excited. I've been a really, really big LeBron supporter."

Haden also joked that he'd welcome James to the Browns, as the latter was a star wide receiver in high school.

"If he wants to come [play for the Browns], I'd welcome him with open arms," said Haden, who wears No. 23. "He might be the only person I could give 23."

- Chris Mascaro

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