Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Romeo Gets His Extension

Romeo Crennel got what he wanted. Stability. It will be announced today, but Crennel's contract will be extended two more years and a reported $4 million per. He has two people to thank in particular: The NFL schedule maker and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Said agent Joe Linta: "Romeo is very happy to have this done. Randy Lerner took the opportunity to make sure that Romeo Crennel is the face of the franchise for years to come and rewarded him for the fine job he's done in helping to turn this franchise around. The ship is headed in the right direction and the Browns recognize Romeo's value to the organization."

Romeo is a great guy, his players will run through a wall for him, but other than turning the offense over to Chudzinski, what has he proven? We have gone over this ad nauseum, but Crennel is a defensive coach who's defense has gotten worse each year and was bailed out by his offense this year. With a 2008 schedule that features the NFC East (all four teams were .50o or better) and the AFC South (all four teams were .500 or better), the real test will be this year. There was no reason to grant Romeo this extension. Why not wait another season to make sure 2007 was not a fluke?

Props to agent Joe Linta for the ability to swing this extension for his client.

Crennel Gets a Two-Year Extension - Mary Kay Cabot - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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