Following the pattern of locking up would-be core players to longer-term contracts, the Cleveland Browns have reportedly inked tight end Evan Moore to a three-year contract extension.
The Browns had signed offensive tackle Joe Thomas to a lucrative seven-year deal and has reportedly been in talks with running back Peyton Hillis. Moore’s deal, worth approximately $3 million per season, is a two-year extension coupled with a revamp of his 2011 tender.
Current starting tight end Ben Watson is entering his age-30 season and is set to enter free agency in 2013. The 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound Moore end has shown flashes of brilliance in his limited time with the Browns, proving to be a mismatch for both linebackers and defensive backs. In 17 games with the Orange and Brown, Moore has hauled in 28 passes for 480 yards and one touchdown. Despite having occasional bouts with the injury bug, Moore, 26, looks to be the team’s tight-end of the future.