by Aaron Wilson
July 23, 02013
The Cleveland Browns rewarded veteran offensive lineman John Greco with a five-year deal.
Greco has established himself as a mainstay on the offensive line.
“One of our goals, is whenever possible to develop and keep our own players," Browns CEO Joe Banner said. We’re glad in this case that it worked out, and was mutually beneficial.”
Greco is a former Toledo player who's now signed through the 2017 season.
“John is a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “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.”
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder has played 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.
Greco is a former St. Louis Rams third-round pick who was traded to the Browns prior to the 2011 season.
For the Browns and Greco, it's a win-win. The player gets some long-term security, money in his pocket and the team gets a reliable blocking presence for years to come.
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.