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Browns Agree to 4-Year Contract with Punter Britton Colquitt

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2017

Cleveland Browns punter Britton Colquitt (4) celebrates during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Cleveland. The Giants won 27-13. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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The Cleveland Browns liked what they saw from punter Britton Colquitt in 2016 enough to give him a long-term contract extension.

The Browns officially announced Colquitt received a four-year deal on Tuesday. 

On the Browns' official website, Colquitt spoke about his new contract:

I am thrilled. My family couldn't be happier. We love the organization and the fans. From Jimmy and Dee Haslam to Sashi (Brown) to the coaching staff with Hue (Jackson) and of course Tabes (Chris Tabor), this is a great place to work. The Browns are a class act. I want to thank the organization for giving me this opportunity.

After playing six seasons with the Denver Broncos, Colquitt signed a one-year deal with the Browns prior to the start of 2016. He had a successful debut for the team with 45.3 yards per punt, ranking 18th among qualified punters.

In addition to his average yards per punt, Colquitt's net average of 40.7 yards tied with Donnie Jones of the Philadelphia Eagles for 11th.

The Browns are preparing for a busy offseason with the hopes of repairing a roster after going 1-15 last season. They own two first-round picks, including the No. 1 overall choice, so there is plenty for executive director of football operations Sashi Brown and the rest of the front office to worry about over the next two months.

Retaining Colquitt for the next four years is one less thing for the Browns to have to focus on. He's been a solid punter throughout his career, he gave the Browns stability at the position and, at 31 years old, he figures to maintain his value for a long time to come.

Stats per ESPN.com.

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