Romeo Signs the Deal

Fred Greetham reports from Berea, where Romeo Crennel signed his contract extension Tuesday. Here's what's on Crennel's mind, along with some updates on Browns injured players...

BEREA - The Browns made good on their promise.

Phil Savage said the Browns would ‘do Romeo right' in his post-season wrap up and they made good on that promise Tuesday as Crennel signed a two-year extension to his contract.

"We wanted to make this announcement of the two-year extension of Romeo," Savage said. "He has the respect of the players and the team and we're excited where the team is headed."

Crennel was appreciative of the opportunity he has with the Browns.

 "I would like to thank Randy Lerner and the Lerner family for their confidence in the direction the program is going," Crennel said. "I would also like to thank Phil Savage, the Browns organization, as well as my coaches and players without whom none of this would be possible. We are excited for the upcoming season and will continue to work extremely hard toward making the Browns a consistent competitor within the division and a consistent winner in the NFL."

Crennel, 60, is currently the oldest head coach in the NFL.

"Romeo has proven that he can be a winning NFL head coach, and he has the respect of the players and of the entire organization," Savage said. "Not only is Romeo an excellent coach, he is a person of impeccable character, which sets an exemplary tone for everyone in the Browns' organization."

Crennel led the team to a 10-6 record, including a 7-1 record at home. Crennel's career record is 20-28 after three years with the Browns.

Crennel said he wasn't expecting an extension.

"I had two years left on my contract and I was happy with that," he said. "I don't think you can ever be relieved in the NFL. Every coach is on the hot seat in the NFL.

"When you win, you're on top of the world," he said. "When you lose, you're at the bottom."

Crennel said he hasn't proven anything.

"I might have proved that I was 10-6, but didn't make the playoffs."


Medical Update: Crennel said that several players had post-season injuries to repair damage. LB Antwan Peek, Wr Joe Jurevicius, DL Ethan Kelley and LB David McMillan all had knee surgery, while OL Isaac Sowells had shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Crennel indicated that Kelley's surgery was more involved than the others and mentioned microfracture surgery. TE Kellen Winslow has had no surgeries as he's still waiting for the possibility to go to the Pro Bowl in place of Antonio Gates, who has a toe injury.

Crennel said there was nothing new to report on OL LeCharles Bentley.

"Nothing new," Crennel said. "We expect him to be here and ready to compete."

No Favorites: Crennel said he won't predict a winner for Sunday's Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots.

" I've had affiliation with both teams and I'll tell you whoever plays the best on Sunday will win."

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