Word Signs Contract Extension
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Posted Jun 18, 2003


The Browns secured the services of their 2002 sack leader for another year as they signed DE Mark Word to a one-year contract extension, the club announced today. Word is now signed through 2004. The team's official press release is attached...

 

For Immediate Release
 

DEFENSIVE END MARK WORD INKS ONE-YEAR EXTENSION

Defensive end Mark Word has signed a one-year extension which keeps him under contract through the 2004 season, the Cleveland Browns announced today.  Word had one year left on his current contract.

Word (6-6, 275, Jacksonville State) had a breakout season for the Browns in 2002.  He played in all 16 regular season games with two starts and led the club with 8.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and 10 quarterback hits.  He also added a quarterback pressure in the Browns AFC Wild Card Playoff loss at Pittsburgh.  Word earned his first career start in place on injured DE Courtney Brown (neck) vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 15, 2002 and had a career-high 3.0 sacks and four solo tackles.

“Mark was exceptional last season pressuring the quarterback,” Head Coach Butch Davis said.  “He is continuing to progress towards becoming a complete football player and is certainly an asset on our defensive line.”

Word’s career totals include 21 games played (two starts) with 23 tackles (19 solo), 8.0 sacks for 55 yards, four forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and 29 quarterback pressures.

He spent one season with the Kansas City Chiefs (1999) before signing with the St. Louis Rams in 2001.  He was allocated to NFL Europe by the Rams, where he played for the Rhein Fire during the spring of 2001.  He returned to the Rams and was waived during training camp and later signed with the Browns as a free agent.  Word suffered a shoulder injury during training camp and spent the entire 2001 season on injured reserve.

WORD’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year                   Tackles Sacks
No/Yds
Ints
No/Yds
PBU Fumbles
Recov/Forced
TFL QB
Pressures
Total Solo Asst
1999 (K.C.)   0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0 0 1
2000       Did Not Play
2001 (Cle)     Reserve-Injured
2002 (Cle)    23 19 4 8/55 0/0 0 0/4 2 29
Career       23 19 4 8/55 0/0 0 0/4 2 30

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