Cleveland Browns have been struggling on several positions in the offensive line this season, but the center wasn’t one of them. JC Tretter has been performing exceptionally in 2019, and he is now getting rewarded for it.
Browns announced on Thursday that they have signed Tretter to a three-year extension, which will see him stay with the franchise through 2022. According to NFL Network, the deal is worth $32.5 million with $23 million being in guaranteed money.
“JC Tretter embodies all of the qualities that you look for in a football player,” – said general manager John Dorsey in a statement. “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.”
Tretter joined Browns in 2017 as a free agent. Since then, he started every game and has been getting better each year. In 2019, he is graded as the 8th best overall center in the league by Pro Football Focus’ metrics.
“It was an easy decision to stay,” said Tretter after inking the deal. “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!”
JC Tretter started his career in Green Bay after Packers took him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was in and out of the starting lineup for the Packers, as he struggled with injuries early in his pro career. The injuries were the reason why Green Bay decided to move on from him, but luckily for Cleveland, that doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore.