Yount gets new deal from rebuilding Browns

Browns long snapper Christian Yount agreed to a five-year
contract Tuesday that will keep him in Cleveland through 2017.

Yount, 25, is in his third year with the Browns and has played
in all 21 games since being signed Nov. 29, 2011.

”I’m blessed to be here, and I’m excited to be a Brown for as
long as they’ll have me,” Yount said following practice. ”My
agent told me the team wanted to work something out a little bit
ago, and I’m really happy we got it done.”

The 6-foot-1, 256-pounder is the lone holdover among Cleveland’s
specialists as it did not re-sign Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson,
punter Reggie Hodges, kick returner Joshua Cribbs or coverage ace
Ray Ventrone.

”At that position, you have to be perfect, and Christian is
very good at what he does,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. ”I’m happy
we’re going to have him as a part of our organization for a long
time.”

Yount went undrafted in 2011 after a four-year career at UCLA,
where he served as the long snapper in 51 games. He signed with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played in seven contests before being
released when Andrew Economos was activated.

Exactly five weeks later, Yount replaced Ryan Pontbriand as the
Browns’ long snapper.

”I understand this is a business, so you can’t take anything
personal when a team decides to go in another direction,” he said.
”But I’m not going to lie, this is something I really wanted to
happen. I’m grateful that it did.”

Yount joins starting left guard John Greco in agreeing to
five-year contracts with Cleveland this summer, preventing them
from becoming free agents at the end of the season.

Former Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and starting strong safety T.J.
Ward are also in the final year of their contracts with the
Browns.