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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
John Greco receives 5-year deal

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CLEVELAND -- The Browns have agreed to terms with guard John Greco on a five-year contract.

Greco started a career-high 10 games last season for Cleveland, filling in at left guard after Jason Pinkston was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs. Greco did not miss an offensive snap over his first nine starts.

"One of our goals," said Browns CEO Joe Banner, "is whenever possible to develop and keep our own players. We're glad in this case that it worked out, and was mutually beneficial."

Coach Rob Chudzinski called Greco "a solid, all-around teammate, on and off the field."

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Greco was part of an offensive line that helped running back Trent Richardson rush for a franchise rookie record 950 yards last season.

Greco, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, and played at Toledo, was drafted by St. Louis in 2008. The Browns acquired him in a 2011 trade.

Information from ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley and The Associated Press was used in this report.