The Cleveland Browns announced that they signed offensive lineman Kelly Butler to a two-year contract extension on Friday. The Browns picked up Butler on waivers from the Detroit Lions back on September 3rd, 2006. His first game with the Browns came in Week 8 against the New York Jets. Due to our offensive line debacle throughout the season, Butler spent several weeks in the starting lineup thereafter.
I like the extension, as long as the Browns aren't planning on settling with him if Ryan Tucker chooses not to return. Butler is still young, being a sixth-round draft pick by the Lions in 2004. For the most part, he held his own this season and showed more potential than Nat Dorsey did. Ideally, if the Browns draft Wisconsin's Joe Thomas and move Kevin Shaffer to right tackle, we will already have the depth we need at tackle. Also, Butler actually didn't do that bad of a job holding his own, creating even more options is the Browns choose to go after a big-time guard in free agency (I'm talking about you, Mr. Eric Steinbach).
Tomorrow, I will have my first-round preview of the Divisional Playoffs here on Dawgs By Nature. And, in one final tidbit, I was very surprised to see tight end Tony Gonzalez re-sign with the Kansas City Chiefs so quickly. I thought for sure that he would test the market, especially with the rumors that he would play with Brett Favre in Green Bay next season possibly. I do have to respect his loyalty to the team, although I'm sure he didn't mind staying if he was still the league's highest paid tight end.