Browns reach long-term deal with Greco

July, 23, 2013
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The Cleveland Browns reached a long-term deal with an offensive lineman, but it's not the one everyone had expected.

The Browns agreed to terms on a five-year contract with guard John Greco, the team announced. Many thought the first lineman to be extended would be center Alex Mack.

This means Greco will be assured of the right guard spot on the top offensive line in the AFC North. Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao will compete for the left guard job.

“One of our goals," Browns CEO Joe Banner said, “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, 28, started 10 games at left guard last season when he replaced Pinkston, who had a blood clot in his lung. He established himself as a strong run blocker and moved to the right side during offseason camps this spring.

“John is a solid, all-around teammate on and off the field,” 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.”

Greco was scheduled to make $800,000 in the final year of his deal.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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