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Joe Haden says Browns, LeBron James chasing championships

Cornerback hopes for friendly competition with NBA superstar Aaron Wilson

Print This July 14, 2014, 09:51 AM EST

The return of NBA superstar LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to have inspired Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden.

Haden was asked who will win a championship first, the Browns or the Cavaliers?

"LeBron makes things happen pretty quickly, so we're going to have to get to it," Haden told NFL Network. "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 Browns and the city of Cleveland hasn't won a pro title since the Browns' championship in 1964.

"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 joked that he'd love to recruit James, an all-state wide receiver growing up in Akron, to play for the Browns.

"If he wants to come [play for the Browns], I'd welcome him with open arms," Haden said. "He might be the only person I could give 23."

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