On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have re-signed long snapper Charley Hughlett, who was an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA). It’s the second ERFA that the club has re-signed, with the other being WR Rannell Hall. While Hall got the minimum tender from the Browns, though, Hughlett’s deal was actually a six-year contract extension that will make him the highest paid long snapper in the NFL, per his agent:
Charley Hughlett just signed a new 6-year deal w/the Cleveland Browns that will make him the highest-paid snapper in the NFL.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) February 16, 2017
“I am super excited,” said Hughlett, via a statement on Browns.com. “I couldn’t be happier to be here. My wife and I are happy to call Cleveland our home. I can’t wait to start getting things turned around.”
Previously, the highest-paid long snappers made an average of $1.15 million per year, but typically only around 15% of the contract is guaranteed. Given the suspect nature of long snappers from year-to-year, I would project that Hughlett’s contract is 6 years for $7.2 million, with $1.10 million guaranteed...but we’ll know more details about the contract in the coming days.
Hughlett has been the Browns’ long snapper for the past two seasons, and the fact that he has stayed out of the headlines (until now) shows that he’s been doing his job well.