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Browns sign Andra Davis to five-year extension

BEREA, Ohio -- Linebacker Andra Davis signed a five-year
contract extension Thursday as the rebuilding Cleveland Browns
locked up their leading tackler and a team leader for the future.

Financial terms were not immediately known.
Davis, who has a team-high 169 tackles through 13 games, signed
a one-year maximum contract tender before this season, which pulled
him off the market as a restricted free agent. Without a new deal,
however, the 26-year-old would have become an unrestricted free
agent in the offseason.
But the Browns (4-9) made sure things never got to that point
with Davis, the club's fifth-round draft pick in 2002.
"I'm just glad to have it done and just focus on bringing this
program up," Davis said. "Me signing I think is a big part of it.
I definitely want to be part of those core guys. We're laying the
foundation."
Davis has adjusted well to a new role this season as first-year
coach Romeo Crennel switched the Browns to a 3-4 defense. The
6-foot-1, 250-pounder has been a solid contributor since Cleveland
picked him with the 141st overall choice in '02.
"We are pleased to have Andra back," Browns general manager
Phil Savage said. "We feel he is a key piece in our defense and
will continue to be as we build toward the future."
Davis, who recorded a career-high 170 tackles in 2003, was
leading the club in tackles last season before a knee injury
sidelined him for the final five games.
He had a career-high 20 tackles in Cleveland's win over Green
Bay on Sept. 18. Davis was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for
his performance in the Browns' 22-0 win over Miami on Nov. 20.