The Browns finally did something good in the last four weeks. The team announced yesterday evening that they have agreed to an extension with center JC Tretter. The deal is for three years and is worth $32.5 million with more than $23 million in guaranteed money. Tretter and Joel Bitonio have been the bright spots on an otherwise questionable line. Ian Rappaport first reported the extension.
JC Tretter History
Tretter spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Packers after selecting him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He missed his entire rookie season after breaking his ankle. Then in 2014, he was limited to eight games because of a knee injury. He was finally able to get into all 16 games in 2015, getting three starts. In 2016 he was the starting center but was only able to get through seven games before health issues once again crept up.
During the time he was able to be on the field for the Packers, he was effective. Pro Football Focus had him graded out as the ninth-best center in the NFL in 2016(84.1). Tretter was allowed to hit free agency after the 2016 season based on questions regarding his ability to stay on the field. No one doubted his talent on the field.
JC Tretter was signed by the Browns on March 9, 2017, by Sashi Brown, to a three year 16.75 million contract that included $6.50 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.50 million.
All the questions surrounding Tretter’s ability to stay healthy have been silenced during his tenure in Cleveland. In a possible 40 games, Tretter has started them all. Not only has he been able to stay on the field, but he has also been one of the ten best centers in the NFL. In 2018, he finished as PFF’s fifth-best center in the NFL with a 72.5 grade. That was with a high ankle sprain keeping him off the practice field over the last eight weeks of the season.
This year he is currently graded as the PFF’s seventh-best center in the NFL. Even in what is now a tumultuous season, Tretter has shined. I think I can speak for all Browns fans in saying this was a no brainer for John Dorsey. Next up is getting the rest of the line, except Joel Bitonio, up to par.