Browns Sign John Greco

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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday agreed to terms on a five-year contract with offensive lineman John Greco, the team announced.

“One of our goals,” said CEO Joe Banner, “is whenever possible to develop and keep our own players. We’re glad in this case that it worked out, and was mutually beneficial.”

Greco filled in admirably in 2012 when Jason Pinkston became ill.

Greco did so well that he is thought of as one of the starters going forward on one of the strengths of the team, the offensive line.

“John is a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field,” said Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “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.”

Greco, a Youngstown native, in his sixth NFL season out of Toledo, is now signed through the 2017 season. He has seen action 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, Greco was a part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for Trent Richardson, who rushed for a 950 yards. The line also aided rookie QB Brandon Weeden, as he threw for 3,385 yards, both franchise records among rookies.

Originally selected by St. Louis in the third round (65th overall) of the 2008 draft, Greco was traded to Cleveland prior to the start of the 2011 season.