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Browns Sign LB Chris Gocong To Three Year Extension

Another deal down. In a continuing effort to reward and lock up their young players, the Browns have extended linebacker Chris Gocong’s contract three years for $16.8 million.

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The sixth year player, a third round draft pick out of Cal Poly in 2006 by the Philadelphia Eagles, has been a integral part of the Browns defense since being traded to Cleveland in the Sheldon Brown deal that sent the Browns 4th and 5th round picks and Alex Hall to Philadelphia in 2010.

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The 27 year old had 75 tackles and two sacks a year ago and has nine tackles and half a sack this season.

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With Ahtyba Rubin, Evan Moore and Gocong resigned, the Browns will turn their attention to extending D'Qwell Jackson and Peyton Hillis. Jackson signed a one-year deal before the lockout, while Hillis is in the last year of his rookie contract and the Browns are, according to Pro Football Talk, "trying like crazy" to re-sign him.

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