Browns' Isaiah Crowell: Playing for extension

Crowell could receive a long-term deal from the Browns if he's able to produce this season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Crowell signed a restricted free-agent tender this offseason, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in March of 2018. However, if he's able to build on his 952 rushing yards from last season, the 24-year-old could find himself in Cleveland for years to come. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson seems confident that 2017 will be Crowell's best year yet, "He's not even in his prime yet. He has to continue to work hard. He saw what happened last year - when you work extremely hard, good things happen for you. I think he enjoyed limited success, and he's hungry and eager and looking for even more this season." Factoring in the Browns' offensive line additions of Kevin Zeitler and JC Tretter, Crowell's payday could be right around the corner.

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