Browns Unlikely to Franchise Tag Offensive Lineman


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Browns guard Wyatt Telller.

The Cleveland Browns have some huge contract choices to make over the subsequent yr at key positions, which incorporates guard Wyatt Teller.

Teller has turn out to be a key cog on the offensive line and is a fan-favorite in Cleveland. He turned out to be a serious steal for former Browns basic supervisor John Dorsey previous to the 2019 season, buying and selling only a fifth- and a sixth-round decide to Buffalo within the transfer. Teller has began 20 of 26 video games since, grading out as one of many prime inside linemen within the league, being named a second-team All-Professional final yr. He completed the yr with a 92.9 grade from Professional Soccer Focus — tops amongst proper guards.

Teller will likely be a free agent subsequent offseason if the Browns can’t attain an settlement on an extension and franchise tagging Teller doesn’t look like within the plans, per Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of

Franchising Teller might be one possibility, however the projected franchise tender for offensive linemen in 2022 is sort of $17 million, which might make Teller the highest-paid offensive lineman on the Browns. Presently, proper sort out Jack Conklin holds that distinction at $14 million a yr. $17 million is a giant quantity, particularly for a guard, which means it is perhaps laborious to do a franchise-trade deal at that worth. It’s additionally $7 million greater than the yearly common of Joel Bitonio, who’s nonetheless the Browns’ greatest guard.

Teller’s Market Worth Round $12 Million Per 12 months

GettyWyatt Teller of the Cleveland Browns.

Bitonio is among the many prime tier of guards by way of common annual worth, coming in at $8.52 million. Brandon Scherff is at present the highest-paid guard within the league at greater than $18 million per yr.

Teller is a former fifth-round decide and is about to make $2.18 million subsequent season — greater than he made in his earlier three seasons mixed. The Browns ought to be capable to attain a deal that’s agreeable for each side.

Spotrac estimates Teller’s market worth at $47.four million over 4 seasons, making his common annual wage $11.Eight million. That may be a little excessive if the Browns hope to maintain the roster intact, however maybe Teller could be keen to take a reduction for the sake of continuity and — hopefully — successful.

Together with Teller, the Browns need to work on extensions for cornerback Denzel Ward, quarterback Baker Mayfield and operating again Nick Chubb.

Teller Credit Teammates for Success within the Trenches

Teller has been humble in his success and what has him excited is that he will get to go to battle with the identical group of men as final yr. The Browns are returning all 11 starters from final yr’s squad on the offensive facet of the ball — an unimaginable feat.

“We have now 11 guys on offense returning, which is insane — I’ve by no means heard of that,” Teller instructed the Browns official web site. “We’ve acquired the fellows within the backfield who can do it at a excessive stage … and if one of the best D-Line I play is our personal crew, I’ll be very, very comfortable.

“I’ve been blessed to be put in a scenario the place we’ve got nice guys round me and I simply need to do my job,” Teller added. “I don’t need to do anything however my job, and that’s a blessing.”

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