Browns, center JC Tretter agree to Three-year extension

The Browns are in no position to let any of their quality offensive linemen get away.

With insecurity at three of the five starting offensive line positions, it seems general manager John Dorsey and his staff have decided to keep center JC Tretter around.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns have agreed to a three-year extension with Tretter for $32.5 million, including $23 million guaranteed.

Tretter and left guard Joel Bitonio are the only two offensive linemen who have not been rumored to possibly being replaced. Right guard Eric Kush has been replaced by Wyatt Teller, while Greg Robinson was replaced at left tackle by Justin McCray two weeks ago, before being re-inserted at left tackle for last week’s game with the Broncos.

Tretter, (6-4, 307), was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Cornell. He signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent on March 9, 2017. He has started 50 of the 71 NFL games he has played in his seven-year NFL career.

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Since joining the Browns, Tretter has started every game at center in all 40 games for the team. 

In 2019, Tretter has started at center in all eight games and has not missed any snaps halfway through the season.

In 2018, he started at center in all 16 games, playing every offensive snap. He played most of the second half of the season with a high ankle sprain. He was a part of Browns unit that did not allow a sack in five of team’s final seven games. The offensive line only allowed three sacks in the final half of the 2018 season, which was the fewest allowed in the NFL during Weeks 10 through 17.

In 2017, Tretter’s first season with the Browns, he started at center in all 16 games, playing every offensive snap. With Tretter in the final year of his contract, he would be one less player the Browns will have to worry about becoming an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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