Browns ink Colquitt to 4-year deal, tender offer to Crowell

Published 2:37 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — Punter Britton Colquitt has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns.
Colquitt set a single-season record for net average (40.3 yards) in his first year with Cleveland in 2016. A Super Bowl winner with Denver, Colquitt also placed 22 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
Colquitt said he’s thrilled by the deal and called the Browns “a class act.”
The 31-year-old is entering his eighth season in the NFL after kicking at Tennessee. He was originally signed by Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Colquitt spent six seasons with the Broncos before he was released last year.
In 112 career games, he’s averaged 45.2 yards per punt and a net average of 39.3 Colquitt’s brother, Dustin, punts for the Kansas City Chiefs.
In another move, the Browns have placed a second-round free-agent tender on running back Isaiah Crowell.
The tender — worth $2.8 million — would allow the Browns to match any contract offer Crowell might get from another team. If the Browns decided not to match an outside offer, they would receive a compensatory second-round draft pick for Crowell.
The 24-year-old rushed for 952 yards and scored seven touchdowns last season, and was one of the few bright spots as Cleveland went 1-15.
Coach Hue Jackson identified Crowell as one of the core players and the Browns would like to sign him to a long-term contract extension.
Crowell has run for 2,265 yards with Cleveland, which signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Crowell averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season while falling just short of his goal of 1,000 yards.

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