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UPDATED. Center JC Tretter signs 3-year, $32.5 million contract extension to stay with Browns

BEREA — The Browns found their man in the middle and aren’t going to let him go.

Center JC Tretter signed a three-year, $32.5 million contract extension Friday morning. The deal, which was agreed to and reported Thursday night, includes more than $23 million guaranteed.

“JC Tretter embodies all of the qualities that you look for in a football player,” general manager John Dorsey said in the news release. “He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s physical. He’s a hard worker.

“He’s a leader and not just in the offensive line room, but for our entire football team. We are very excited to have JC remain a Cleveland Brown for years to come.”

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Tretter was in the final year of a three-year, $16.75 million deal he signed as a free agent in 2017. He was a fourth-round pick of the Packers out of Cornell in 2013 and started 10 games before leaving for Cleveland.

He’s been a staple of the starting lineup for the Browns and a stalwart. He’s played all 2,685 offensive snaps in his 2½ seasons, including most of last year with a high ankle sprain.

“JC was the ultimate warrior per se when he played last year basically on a high ankle sprain all year,” coach Freddie Kitchens said Thursday night on his radio show. “He just kept grinding it out and kept showing up. He was able to get to the game and play well being a little hurt.”

Tretter said during training camp he didn’t want to leave, and meant it.

“I love my O-line room, I love this staff and I love living in Cleveland,” he said in the release. “It was an easy decision to stay. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my career as a Cleveland Brown. Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me along the way. Now, it’s time to get back to work!”

Middle linebacker Joe Schobert and free safety Damarious Randall are also in the final years of their contracts. General manager John Dorsey likely won’t be able to keep everyone but decided he couldn’t afford to let Tretter leave.

of a three-year, $16.75 million deal he signed as a free agent in 2017. He was a fourth-round pick of the Packers out of Cornell in 2013 and started 10 games before leaving for Cleveland.

He’s been a staple of the starting lineup for the Browns and a stalwart. He’s played all 2,685 offensive snaps in his 2½ seasons, including most of last year with a high ankle sprain.

“JC was the ultimate warrior per se when he played last year basically on a high ankle sprain all year,” coach Freddie Kitchens said Thursday night on his radio show. “He just kept grinding it out and kept showing up. He was able to get to the game and play well being a little hurt.”

During training camp Tretter said he wasn’t worried about being in a contract year but wanted to stay.

“Absolutely. I love it here,” he said in July. “Love the staff here. Love the guys here. It’s been a really good fit going into three years now. It’s been awesome. I would love to continue playing here.”

Middle linebacker Joe Schobert and free safety Damarious Randall are also in the final years of their contracts. General manager John Dorsey likely won’t be able to keep everyone but decided he couldn’t afford to let Tretter leave.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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