Ryan Tucker was the one component in the Browns 2003 offensive line that was rock steady, and the team has now rewarded their starting right tackle with a four-year contract extension that will keep him a Cleveland Brown until 2009.
Tucker, 29, joined the Browns prior to the 2002 season, signing a four-year deal with the team after completing five years with the St. Louis Rams, where he played on two Super Bowl teams (1999 and 2001).
In addition to being considered a solid run blocker, Tucker also provides a veteran presence on the locker room, and has been named one of the Team Captains both years with the club. Since joining the Browns, Tucker has helped the team improve their running attack, as seen in the 2002 rushing statistics of William Green and the late-season explosion in 2003 of rookie Lee Suggs.
With the signing, the Browns continue their approach of using free cap space to sign key veterans to contract extensions. The Browns have recently signed both TE Steve Heiden and WR Dennis Northcutt to new contracts. The team now has two starting offensive linemen, Tucker and center Jeff Faine, contractually tied to the club through 2009.
As is usual with the Browns, contract terms were not disclosed.