Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell reportedly signed his second-round tender this week, keeping him with the Browns through at least the 2017 season.
The Cleveland Browns received some good news this week as running back Isaiah Crowell has reportedly signed his second-round tender offer.
The Browns have not confirmed the report, but Universal Sports and Entertainment Management, which represents Crowell, Tweeted out the news:
Crowell, along with second-year running back Duke Johnson, developed into an important player last season in head coach Hue Jackson’s offense. Crowell had a team-high 952 rushing yards and led the team with seven rushing touchdowns. He also added 40 receptions for 319 yards.
Together, Crowell and Johnson helped the Browns become the second-best rushing team in the league at 4.9 yards per carry – a 50-year high for the franchise.
It was a bit of an odd year for Crowell in 2016. He surpassed 100 rushing yards in two of Cleveland’s first four games, but then only rushed for 211 total yards in the next eight games combined.
He finished out the season by rushing for 152 yards in the season-finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. All told, Crowell rushed for 518 of his 952 totals yards in just four games.
He was also third in the league in yards after contact, according to Pro Football Focus:
With the Browns investing in the offensive line in free agency, and with guard Joel Bitonio hopefully returning from a foot injury that landed him on injured reserve, the potential is there for Crowell to at least duplicate his 2016 season, if not improve on it.
If Crowell plays out the year on the current deal he will earn $2.74 million and then become an unrestricted free agent. He won’t turn 25 until after the season, so if he starts off the season strong it would not be surprising to see the Browns approach Crowell about a contract extension.