BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Right tackle Ryan Tucker signed a four-year contract extension through 2009 with Cleveland on Saturday after a season in which he was the Browns' only offensive player to start all 16 games.

The extension is part of an effort by the Browns to sign their more productive veterans to long-term deals.
"His leadership and resiliency are such positive attributes, and his dedication and work ethic exemplify what it takes to excel at the highest level," coach Butch Davis said.

Tucker, 28, signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002 after five years with the St. Louis Rams that included a win over Tennessee in the 2000 Super Bowl. He has made 30 starts at right tackle for Cleveland the last two seasons, missing two games in 2002 with a knee injury.