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Browns sign LS Charley Hughlett to 6-year extension

2/17/2017 5:14:05 AM
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The Browns rewarded Charley Hughlett's by making him the highest-paid longsnapper in the NFL, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. This according to a source. They signed him to a six-year extension, with the final five years of new money averaging more than any snapper in the NFL.

Exact terms were not immediately available, but the previous high was Tennessee's Beau Brinkley, who averages $1.15 million a year.

"I am super excited," Hughlett said in a release. "I couldn't be happier to be here. My wife and I are happy to call Cleveland our home. I can't wait to start getting things turned around."

Hughlett (6-4, 248) has handled all long-snapping duties for the Browns the past two seasons. He added five special-teams tackles in 2016 and has nine in his career.

Originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Central Florida, Hughlett joined the Browns' practice squad during the 2014 season and was signed to the active roster on Dec. 24.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor is one person who's thrilled that Hughlett, who was an exclusive rights free agent, toils in obscurity.

"Here's a guy who because he snaps so efficiently, (punter Britton) Colquitt when we hold the ball, we don't have to move the laces around or anything,'' Tabor said. "It is catch and put down, and that is a big comfort. When you get a new kicker, one of the first things he said is, 'Wow, our snapper and holder are really good.' I said, 'Yeah, go to work.'

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