Browns sign center JC Tretter to 3-year contract extension

Deal worth $32.5 million and includes $23 million in guarantees

Daryl Ruiter
November 07, 2019 - 6:32 pm

Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – JC Tretter signed a 3-year contract extension Friday morning.

The deal was agreed to Thursday evening and is worth $32.5M that includes more than $23M guaranteed.

“JC Tretter embodies all of the qualities that you look for in a football player,” general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s physical. He’s a hard worker. He’s a leader and not just in the offensive line room, but for our entire football team. We are very excited to have JC remain a Cleveland Brown for years to come.”

The 28-year old Tretter was in the final year of the 3 year and $16.75 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2017 and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March.

Now the center gets to remain with the Browns in Cleveland.

“I love my O-line room, I love this staff and I love living in Cleveland,” Tretter said. “It was an easy decision to stay. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my career as a Cleveland Brown. Thank you to my friends and family who have supported me along the way. Now, it’s time to get back to work.”

Tretter, selected by Green Bay in the fourth-round of the 2013 draft out of Cornell, has started all 40 games at center for the Browns since joining the team.

“JC’s a leader in that room in general, and he makes a bunch of the calls up front,” head coach Freddie Kitchens said on his coaches show, which aired Thursday night on 92.3 The Fan. “He and Joel [Bitonio] kind of lead that room and it’s always comforting for a young quarterback to have a guy that he can depend on to make some of the calls or even confirm some of the calls he wants to make in the heat of the moment.”

Last season Tretter played through a high ankle sprain for most of the season and he didn’t miss a snap.

“I tell those guys when training camp starts that once they put the pads on they’re not going to feel fine or perfect again until February,” Kitchens said. “And JC [is] the ultimate warrior per se when he played last year with basically a high ankle sprain all year and just kept grinding it out, kept showing up.

“He practiced for the most part, wasn’t as full-go as you’d like him to be but he was able to get to the game and play well being a little hurt.”