The Cleveland Browns extended a snapper on Tuesday, but not the one that fans have been clamoring for. Long snapper Christian Yount has been inked to a five year extension the team announced.
“Christian has proven that he’s a reliable contributor,” Head Coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s an important cog at an often undervalued position. We’re happy to have him on our team.”
Yount, a 6-1, 256-pound veteran in his third NFL season out of UCLA, is now signed through the 2017 season. He has seen action in 28 career contests and has added four special-teams tackles.
A native of Laguna Beach, Calif., Yount handled all of the team’s long snapping duties in 2012 as well as the final five games of the 2011 season. Originally signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Yount handled the long snapping duties for the Buccaneers’ first seven contests that season. He was waived after Tampa Bay activated its primary long snapper Andrew Economos from the PUP list.
Cleveland fans are waiting to hear some good news in regards to center Alex Mack. Mack has started every game of his NFL career and played every offensive snap since he was drafted.
In the release about Yount’s contract was this sentance, “The move symbolizes the Browns’ belief in developing and retaining their own players whenever possible.” If that is the case, fans should hope to hear about Mack and safety T.J. Ward soon.