The Browns announced this morning that they have agree to terms with linebacker Brant Boyer on a four-year contract extension. Contract details were not announced.
The announcement cannot be considered a surprise, as it has been reported for weeks that the Browns have been seeking to re-sign Boyer, who would have become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Browns head coach Butch Davis has admitted a couple of times since the end of the 2003 season that the Browns had been missing an element of veteran leadership since the team purged a number of high-priced veterans in March, 2003. With ten years of experience, Boyer is one of the most experienced players on the Browns roster, and helps to provide an element of leadership within the Browns young linebacking corps.
Boyer gained additional attention last year as he filled in for weakside linebacker Ben Taylor late in the season. Boyer had perhaps his best year as professional, tying his career-high for tackles with 80, and making a personal best 18 tackles against the Rams on Monday Night Football.
Boyer has also been a leader on special teams, where he has made over 20 tackes each season since joining the Browns in 2001.
"I've enjoyed my team in Cleveland, and would like to finish my career as a Cleveland Brown", Boyer said through a team press release, "I'm kind of a throwback and this is sort of a throwback town."
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