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Why aren’t the Browns signing JC Tretter? Is he being blackballed by the NFL?

There’s no good reason for the Cleveland Browns to not sign J.C. Tretter
There’s no good reason for the Cleveland Browns to not sign J.C. Tretter

JC Tretter is the NFLPA president, and he is a pretty vocal person. He was talking trash last week after looking at pictures from Soldier Field where the field had little holes all over the place.

Tretter is a very good player though too. He is not on an NFL team right now and both the Buccaneers and the Browns have a hole at the center position. Why isn’t JC Tretter signed?

That is a good question, and Joel Bitonio the Browns offensive lineman feels Tretter could be getting blackballed.

“When you have a guy that’s top-five, top-10 at center in the league and he’s not on a roster, you know, and he’s the NFLPA president and maybe some of the owners don’t appreciate what he brings to the table on certain topics when he’s trying to protect player safety and things of that nature, it seems a little suspicious to me,” Bitonio said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But, again, I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. I don’t know what his conversations have been with teams and stuff, but just from an outside perspective usually players that are close to the top of their game get picked up. Teams want to win in this league. So it’s an interesting topic, for sure.”

Is JC Tretter getting Colin Kaepernick treatment because he causes a stir with the NFLPA? We will find out soon because the Browns are now down two centers. Dawson Deaton suffered a torn ACL yesterday, and Nick Harris was carted off the field with an injury in the first preseason game.

The Browns have a hole big time at the center position and let’s face it the Buccaneers losing Ryan Jensen is quite telling. Neither team has called Tretter yet, so Bitonio could have a valid point. Do you think the Browns will call Tretter soon? If they do not call him after losing two centers already, maybe Bitonio is right…..

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