The Cleveland Browns and center JC Tretter have agreed to a contract extension that’ll keep the veteran offensive lineman in Cleveland through the 2022 season.
Sources: The #Browns and center JC Tretter are in agreement on a three-year, $32.5M extension that includes more than $23M guaranteed. Quietly, he’s playing his best football and is among the best in football. Tretter, by the way, went to Cornell, ever heard of it? 💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2019
In terms of annual average, Tretter will now be the fifth highest paid center in football behind Oakland’s Rodney Hudson, Buffalo’s Mitch Morse, Houston’s Nick Martin and Miami’s Maurkice Pouncey.
Tretter is in his third season with the Browns and has quietly been one of the best centers in the league.
The 28-year-old was a fourth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft and under the watch of James Campen, who was the offensive line coach in Green Bay and now is currently in that role in Cleveland helped develop Tretter into a full-time starter by the 2016 season.
Cleveland signed him as a free agent in 2017 where he’s been the starting center in 40 consecutive games with himself and left guard Joel Bitonio being the only constants up front with changes at the other spots on the offensive line.
It was a must that Cleveland retained him to keep some continuity while also rewarding Tretter for his production. Cleveland had a projected $60.2 million in cap space heading into this offseason so they had the flexibility to make this extension happen.
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