BEREA, Ohio -- Right tackle Ryan Tucker signed a four-year
contract extension through 2009 with Cleveland on Saturday after a
season in which he was the Browns' only offensive player to start
all 16 games.
The extension is part of an effort by the Browns to sign their
more productive veterans to long-term deals.
"His leadership and resiliency are such positive attributes,
and his dedication and work ethic exemplify what it takes to excel
at the highest level," coach Butch Davis said.
Tucker, 28, signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002 after
five years with the St. Louis Rams that included a win over
Tennessee in the 2000 Super Bowl. He has made 30 starts at right
tackle for Cleveland the last two seasons, missing two games in
2002 with a knee injury.