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NFL: Browns sign G Joel Bitonio to 3-year extension

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The Cleveland Browns signed Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio to a three-year extension through the 2025 season on Wednesday.

The team did not disclose financial terms, but multiple outlets reported it was worth $48 million.

Bitonio’s deal was announced one day after the Browns signed right guard Wyatt Teller to a reported four-year, $56.8 million extension.

Bitonio, 30, has started all nine games this season and has made 104 starts since Cleveland drafted him in the second round in 2014.

“I’ve been here for eight years now and seen a lot of ups and downs. To be part of that and for the team to have faith in me and allow me to be here for my entire career, it really means a lot. It’s special,” Bitonio said in a team news release.

“You see guys switch teams a lot and go from team to team, great players in this league. I saw Joe Thomas end his career here. It’s something when you get into Year 8 and Year 9, it gets in the back of your mind where it’d be really special to be in Cleveland your whole career and try to win a championship with these guys.”

Bitonio was named to each of the last three Pro Bowls and has not missed a snap since the start of the 2017 season.

“After last season, we decided that one of our major football priorities would be to make Joel Bitonio a Brown for the rest of his career,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said. “Joel is one of our most decorated players and is the ideal personification of our ‘Tough, Smart, Accountable’ mantra. We value Joel’s high-level performance, leadership, consistency and durability.

“We are all excited about this extension and hopeful that at the end of his career we will all be looking forward to celebrating Joel’s gold jacket fitting in Canton.”

The Browns (5-4) head to New England this Sunday to face the Patriots (5-4).

–Field Level Media

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