Eric Hagg DB DEN 8 Months

Broncos S Eric Hagg is retiring.

A 2011 seventh-round pick of the Browns, Hagg combined for 22 appearances across his first two NFL campaigns, but was out of the league last season. Rather than play out his remote shot at cracking the Broncos' 53-man roster, Hagg has decided to go out on his own terms. The Nebraska product is only 23.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Mar 01 '79

Browns waived S Eric Hagg.

Hagg opened 2012 as the Browns' starting free safety, but ended up playing just 365 snaps on defense. He was expected to focus on special teams this season. A three-year veteran, Hagg played nickel back in college. Signed for just $555,000, there's a chance he'll get claimed on waivers. Hagg was the No. 248 pick of the 2011 draft.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Jan 15 '79

The Browns are expected to let S Eric Hagg focus on special teams this season.

Hagg opened the 2012 season as Cleveland's starting free safety, but was a healthy scratch by Week 3. He also didn't do much on special teams. The Browns badly need a free safety to play across from SS T.J. Ward. Free agent Kerry Rhodes would make a ton of sense due to his history with new DC Ray Horton.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Jul 05 '78

Browns FS Eric Hagg was a healthy scratch in Week 3.

Hagg went from starter to inactive in a week. Usama Young took his place and was backed up by undrafted rookie Tashaun Gipson.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Jul 02 '78

Eric Hagg is on the hot seat as the Browns' starting free safety.

"We would like to get a little more production from that position," DC Dick Jauron said. The Bengals exploited Hagg in coverage last week. Usama Young could begin eating into his snaps if his play doesn't improve.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Apr 04 '78

Eric Hagg has remained the Browns' starting free safety during OTAs.

Hagg missed most of his rookie year due to knee surgery, but showed enough late-season promise to warrant a long look for a starting gig. Veteran Usama Young will continue to push him for the job.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Mar 14 '78

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms Eric Hagg ''has the early edge'' on the Browns' starting free safety job.

With no immediate plans to move Sheldon Brown to safety, Hagg and Usama Young each have a chance to start. Young is running with the second team defense after starting eight games last season. The Browns also signed UDFAs Tashaun Gipson and Johnson Bademosi as secondary depth.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Mar 02 '78

S Eric Hagg is working as the first team free safety in Browns OTAs.

Usama Young is running with the second team after starting eight games in 2011. A seventh-round pick last season, Hagg appeared in only 10 games, notching 11 tackles.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Sep 18 '77

Browns rookie S Eric Hagg left Thursday's game in the second quarter and did not return.

The Browns were already short-handed at safety with T.J. Ward (foot) out. As long as the eye injury isn't serious, Hagg should be available in Week 15 after 10 days of rest.

Eric Hagg DB DEN Aug 19 '77

Browns rookie S Eric Hagg has finally recovered from August knee surgery and has a chance to start in Week 10.

The Browns are dealing with injuries to T.J. Ward and Usama Young. Hagg was kept on the roster for the first nine weeks of the season, half of August, and all of September, which suggests the team is high on his potential. He was a versatile playmaker at Nebraska, playing all over the Cornhuskers' secondary and leading the team with five interceptions as a senior.