3. J.C. Tretter, Center
Another former Green Bay Packer, J.C. Tretter started 10 games for Green Bay at center and did a good enough job to land a three-year deal with the Browns. With his contract totaling $16.75 million for those three seasons, it’s safe to say Tretter has far exceeded expectations.
He’s started every game the past two seasons despite dealing with nagging injuries throughout 2018. Even being banged up, he was one of the best in the game at his position — even being ranked as the No. 10 center in the league by Doug Farrar of USA Today’s Touchdown Wire.
"“Tremendously agile at 6-4 and 307 pounds, Tretter gets into his pass sets as you’d expect from an offensive tackle — quickly, consistently and with his head on a swivel to help to either side. He can pick up unpredictable defenders against blitzes and stunts, and as a run blocker he keeps a low pad level and high leg drive to overcome any inherent strength issues.” — Farrar, Touchdown Wire"
According to Farrar, Tretter allowed just two sacks and a single quarterback hit all season. With more than 1,000 snaps on the year, this is an impressive feat for the veteran center. Not only is he incredibly talented, but Cleveland doesn’t exactly have someone waiting in the wings to take his spot.
Tretter plays an incredibly vital position and it’s one that usually doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Locking him up beyond 2019 would be a smart investment.