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    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.

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  • RamsFan4ever
    Browns' Tucker: 'Everything's been fixed'
    by RamsFan4ever
    Updated: March 4, 2007, 1:43 PM ET
    Browns' Tucker: 'Everything's been fixed'ESPN.com news services


    Browns right tackle Ryan Tucker, who missed the end of last season while battling an undisclosed mental illness, told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that he feels "great" and plans on returning to his starting spot next season.


    Tucker

    "It's a whole new chapter in my life and I'm ready to get on with it. I absolutely plan on coming back and starting for the Browns this season," Tucker told the newspaper.

    Tucker wouldn't disclose the exact nature of his mental illness.

    "A lot of things have changed as far as medications and things like that, and I haven't had any problems," Tucker told the newspaper. "Everything's been fixed. My family's doing really well, my health is excellent and I feel as good as I ever have."

    Tucker, one of the Browns' captains, has been a steady leader for a rebuilding team. He was the team's most productive offensive lineman the past four seasons.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    -03-04-2007, 11:53 AM
  • ramsbruce
    Ryan Tucker out with mental disorder
    by ramsbruce
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Ryan Tucker is battling an undisclosed mental disorder and hopes to return to football next season, the team said Friday.

    The loss of Tucker is the latest setback for the banged-up Browns, whose shaky offensive line already is missing Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley, out all season with a knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp. The Browns (3-8) play the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) on Sunday in Cleveland.

    Tucker, one of the Brown's captains, has been a steady leader for a rebuilding team. He was the team's most productive offensive lineman the past four seasons.

    The Browns refused to disclose more details about Tucker's illness, saying only that it was a common disorder not related to football. The 10-year veteran hoped to return to football next season, the team said in a statement.

    "It is a treatable disorder. Ryan has been battling this condition since before the season began, and has been actively receiving treatment. At this time, it is in his best interest to focus entirely on his medical treatment and concentrate on his recovery," team physician Anthony Miniaci said in a statement.

    Tucker was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Wednesday. He missed two games earlier in the season but returned to the starting lineup on Nov. 12. He played the first half of last week's game against Cincinnati before sitting out after halftime.

    On Thursday, Browns general manager Phil Savage said he supported Tucker.

    "Our concern is for him to get better and get his life back. He's really a good person and it's been a struggle. He's going to get through it," Savage said.

    Miniaci said the team is optimistic Tucker will make a full recovery and play next season.

    "Ryan has shown a significant amount of courage while battling this disorder," the doctor said.
    -12-01-2006, 02:08 PM
  • Yodude
    Tucker injures quadiceps
    by Yodude
    Browns G Ryan Tucker was listed as week-to-week on the Browns' medical report Monday.


    Tucker has missed the last two weeks after a quadriceps injury knocked him out of the Browns' loss in Dallas on Sept. 19. The original diagnosis said Tucker would be out two-to-four weeks.
    -10-05-2004, 12:39 PM
  • RamsSB99
    Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers reportedly a no-show
    by RamsSB99
    Friday, March 20, 2009 Mary Kay Cabot
    Plain Dealer Reporter


    Apparently, the feud between Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers and coach Eric Mangini has not been resolved.

    Rogers skipped the first week of the Browns voluntary off-season program, which began Monday, according to ESPN.com. Rogers' agent, Kennard McGuire, reached by phone, declined to comment.

    Last month, Rogers asked the Browns to release him from his six-year, $42 million contract after what he felt were two snubs by his new head coach.

    Rogers was also miffed that his first contact from the new regime was a mandate to show up for the off-season program at a prescribed weight, a source said. Rogers felt that because he played hurt the second half of last season and was in compliance with his weight requirement all year, such a command was unnecessary.

    Rogers had asked the Browns not to pay him the $6 million option bonus he was due this month and to release him instead, a source said. But the Browns had no intentions of releasing their top defensive player, a source close to the team said.

    Mangini reportedly has tried to reach out to Rogers, but it is unknown if the two have spoken.

    Although the off-season program is voluntary, Mangini has made it clear he wants everyone to attend. The quickest way to end up in the doghouse of a new head coach is to boycott the optional workouts. The Browns have declined requests to say who's not showing up.

    Rogers was upset that Mangini failed to introduce himself when they were in the media room together at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Ceremony in January and in the weight room at the Browns facility. Mangini said he didn't see Rogers in the media room and that he was planning on having one-on-ones with all the players once the off-season program began.

    Ivy back:
    The Browns announced the signing of former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy, who spent time with the Browns during training camp in 2000.
    Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but it's one-year deal, according to profootballtalk.com.

    Ivy, who will turn 32 on March 29, is a ninth-year pro who spent the past three seasons with Baltimore.

    Originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma in 1999, Ivy (5-9, 190) spent time on their practice squad that year. He signed with Tampa Bay in 2001 and spent four seasons with the Bucs, helping them win a Super Bowl following the 2002 season.

    He spent one season with the Rams before signing with the Ravens in 2006. He's started 21 of his 110 regular season games, recording 209 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, 37 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He's also been a mainstay on special teams where he has registered 96 stops. In 2007, he started 13 games for the Ravens and had 63 tackles,...
    -03-21-2009, 08:47 PM
  • Varg6
    Browns part with Andruzzi after 2 seasons...
    by Varg6
    Continuing the remaking of their offensive line, the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday released veteran guard Joe Andurzzi, making the 10-year veteran an unrestricted free agent.


    The release of Andruzzi, who started 27 games for the Browns over the past two seasons, means the team will enter 2007 without its two starting guards from a year ago. Seven-year veteran Cosey Coleman is an unrestricted free agent and still available, but Cleveland has made no effort to re-sign him.


    Andruzzi, 31, was acquired by the Browns in 2005 as an unrestricted free agent, not only for his football skills but also for his locker room leadership. He had played five seasons in New England and was familiar with Browns' coach Romeo Crennel from the time they spent together with the Patriots.


    In New England, Andruzzi was a part of three Super Bowl champion teams.


    The former Southern Connecticut State standout, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 1997, wants to continue his career, according to agent Joe Linta. In stints with the Packers (1997-99), Patriots (2000-2004) and Browns (2005-2006), Andruzzi has played in 122 games, including 102 as a starter.


    Andruzzi has logged at least 11 starts in each of the past seven seasons. He had two years left on his contract, at base salaries of $1.5 million (2007) and $2.5 million (2008).


    The Browns have overhauled the offensive line, including the selection of left tackle Joe Thomas of Wisconsin with the third overall choice in the weekend draft, and figure to start a dramatically different unit in 2007.


    At guard, Cleveland signed standout Eric Steinbach as an unrestricted free agent and he will start on the left side. The Browns also added veteran Seth McKinney in free agency and like developing youngster Isaac Sowells. There is also a chance that the selection of Thomas in the draft will precipitate a move of starting left tackle Kevin Shaffer to guard.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
    -05-02-2007, 06:48 PM
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