BEREA, Ohio--One signed, one tendered.
The Browns signed one of their pending free agents as the team announced they have signed punter Britton Colquitt to a four-year deal. Reports also have said that running back Isaiah Crowell has been tendered a second-round contract as a restricted free agent.
“I am thrilled,” said Colquitt in a release. “My family couldn’t be happier. We love the organization and the fans. From Jimmy and Dee Haslam to Sashi (Brown) to the coaching staff with Hue (Jackson) and of course Tabes (Chris Tabor), this is a great place to work. The Browns are a class act. I want to thank the organization for giving me this opportunity.”
Colquitt set a Browns single-season record with a net average of 40.31 in 2016. He also landed 22 punts inside the 20-yard line and had just two touchbacks on 83 punts.
Colquitt (6-2, 205) is entering in his eighth NFL season out of Tennessee. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Miami in 2009, Colquitt handled punting duties for Denver in every contest from 2010-15. He helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 and joined the Browns prior to the start of 2016. In 112 career regular season games, he has a punting average of 45.2 and net average of 39.3. His brother, Dustin, is the punter for Kansas City.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported the Browns have placed a second-round tender offer to Crowell, which means he'll get $2.81 million if a team signs him as a restricted free agent and the Browns choose to not match the offer. They would also receive a second-round draft choice, if he leaves.
Crowell rushed for 952 yards last season after being an undrafted free agent coming out of college. The Browns are believed to still be trying to sign Crowell to a long-term contract.