The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with offensive lineman John Greco, the team announced late Tuesday.
“One of our goals,” said CEO Joe Banner, “is whenever possible to develop and keep our own players. We’re glad in this case that it worked out, and was mutually beneficial.”
“John is a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field,” said Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He was given an opportunity to play last year and really showed well. He’s respected in the locker room for his approach, consistency and team-first attitude.”
Greco, a 6-4, 315-pound veteran in his sixth NFL season out of Toledo, is now signed through the 2017 season. He has seen action in 55 career contests with 14 starts. In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, including a career-high 10 starts, all at left guard. Last season, the Youngstown, Ohio, native was a part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for Trent Richardson, who rushed for a 950 yards, and protected for Brandon Weeden, who threw for 3,385 yards, both franchise records among rookies.
Originally selected by St. Louis in the third round (65th overall) of the 2008 draft, Greco was traded to Cleveland prior to the start of the 2011 season. This past June, Greco was rumored to be one of the two starting guards for the Browns. It is believed that this contract will cement his place next to center Alex Mack.
The team also announced the signing of free agent wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. Roosevelt, in his third NFL season, has appeared in 16 games, all with the Buffalo Bills. He has 25 career receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown.
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