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Droughns' Contract, News on Shelton

The amount of money that we are giving Droughns for his extension may have been revealed in today's Plain Dealer:

Total value of the contract over four years is $13.2 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Droughns will average $4 million a year in the last three years beginning in 2007.
-Tony Grossi, Plain Dealer writer

Although L.J. Shelton isn't the greatest by any means, he certainly offered more stability at his position than we've had in years. Grossi also commented on Shelton's situation:

Savage isn't done. The team is close to signing offensive left tackle L.J. Shelton to a new contract.

Barring another change caused by NFL labor negotiations, Shelton is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Savage is determined to re-sign Shelton because the tackle market in free agency is not good.
-Tony Grossi, Plain Dealer writer

I can't wait until free agency starts. I'm excited about the fact that we may actually sign not just "proven" players, but "quality" players. We don't need to sign a Jason Fisk or Matt Stewart anymore. Those type of signings can come after we have the players we need, simply to add depth.