3. Wyatt Teller – Guard
One of the most underpaid guys in the league right now is right guard, Wyatt Teller. Not only did he perform at an All-Pro level in 2021, but he is also the dream fit for the Kevin Stefanski zone scheme. He is an athletic and mean run blocker who can pull across the line and set the edge. But he is also a more than capable pass rusher who has the strength to pick up blitzing linebackers.
Had Teller not missed five games last year with a calf injury, I think this deal would already have been finalized. It’s not a bad idea to make sure that Teller will return to form before signing him to an extension, but it’s likely going to cost the Browns a lot of money to do so.
Guards aren’t paid nearly as well as tackles in the NFL, but Teller is still 26-years old with a lot of prime left in his career. I myself am a bit of an offensive lineman nerd, and I’ll say, I have never seen anyone pull across and clear out an edge as well as Teller. It looks easy on TV but getting latched on to a linebacker or defensive end in the open field is no easy task, and he does it better than anyone in the league.
Another 3-year deal will likely be the best option here. Teller may be willing to take $9-10 million per year with a big guarantee knowing that he will be 30 at the end of the deal with the ability to get another big contract from another team.