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Greco signs new deal

July 23, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Boardman High School graduate John Greco solidified his future with the Browns Tuesday with the signing of a five-year contract extension.

Greco, a guard, had one year remaining on a three-year contract that would have paid him $800,000 this season. He's now signed through the 2017 season.

This is a significant signing in that it almost assures Greco a spot as one of the starting guards. He will join tackles Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz along with center Alex Mack to form the core of a solid line. The other starting guard will be either Jason Pinkston or Shaun Lauvao.

Greco was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft by the St. Louis Rams after his college career at Toledo. He appeared in 26 games with four starts in three seasons with the Rams.

The Browns traded a seventh-round draft choice to the Rams to acquire Greco's services in 2011. He backed up Pinkston and Lauvao that year but started the final 10 games of the 2012 season after Pinkston went down with a blood clot.

Greco impressed former coach Pat Shurmur. Apparently new coach Rob Chudzinski and general manager Mike Lombardi saw enough on film and in offseason practices to find a prominent role for Greco this season.

Greco is among the nice guys on the roster. He's liked by teammates and coaches and was as consistent as any blocker last season.


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