1. J.C. Tretter – Center
The NFL Players Association President and the Cleveland Browns starting center, J.C. Tretter, is another guy that may not be in line to get an extension. Although he’s under contract through 2022, some have mentioned that the Browns could look at extending the interior offensive line sooner than later.
The issue that Tretter is facing, Wyatt Teller is out of contract after 2021, and Joel Bitonio is out of contract after 2022 as well. On top of that, Nick Harris, the current backup center, has looked solid when called upon. He got a lot of action vs. the Steelers in the playoffs when Bitonio missed because of COVID.
I think the Cleveland Browns will try and keep two of the three interior guys now, but if the market goes wild, they may only be able to keep one. Because of age and the depth chart, the importance of resigning is Teller, Bitonio, then Tretter in my opinion.
Tretter is a great player that has been dependable, but the Browns won’t be able to afford $30 million per year on three interior offensive linemen. If they wanted to try and keep all three, they would likely have to tie up closer to $40 million which just can’t happen.
Tretter will be missed, but Harris will be ready to fill his shoes. If the Browns can keep Bitonio and Teller, that will also be a huge help to Harris, surrounded by All-Pro talent.