Browns ink Boardman’s Greco to extension

Boardman graduate John Greco has agreed to a five-year contract with the Browns, the team announced on Tuesday. The deal will keep him in Cleveland through the 2017 season.

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Now in his sixth NFL season, the former Spartan appeared in 14 games for the Browns last season, including a career-high ten starts at left guard. Since being drafted in the third round by the Rams in the 2008 draft, the Toledo-product Greco has appeared in 55 games, with 14 starts. Last season, the 6-4, 315-pound veteran was part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for Trent Richardson, who rushed for 950 yards and protected Brandon Weeden, who threw for 3,385 yards. Both were franchise records among rookies.

“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 has already made an impression on first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski.

“John is a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field,” 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 Browns’ first-full-squad practice in training camp is Thursday.

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