On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have signed long snapper Christian Yount to a 5-year contract extension. Yount was a restricted free agent after the 2012 season, but the team tendered his contract to keep him on board for 2013.
Despite the fact that special teams coordinator Chris Tabor was the only coordinator who was retained from the Pat Shurmur era, Cleveland virtually cleaned house when it came to their special teams players in the offseason. K Phil Dawson, P Reggie Hodges, KR/PR Joshua Cribbs, and S Ray Ventrone were all unrestricted free agents, and none of them were re-signed by the Browns. Yount was the only holdover.
I'm sure the financials of Yount's contract are far from crippling, and he has done a great job since taking over for Ryan Pontbriand mid-way through 2011. Pontbriand's fall from glory was a head-scratcher, but thankfully, a quality player like Yount fell right into the Browns' lap.
"Christian has proven that he’s a reliable contributor," said head coach Rob Chudzinski in a statement. "He's an important cog at an often undervalued position. We're happy to have him on our team."
Now that the important players like Yount and John Greco are out of the way, who's next?
Don't worry, Browns fans -- those extensions will eventually come, at least for the first two players.