BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday agreed to terms on a five-year contract with long snapper Christian Yount, the team announced.

 The move symbolizes the Browns’ belief in developing and retaining their own players whenever possible. “Christian has proven that he’s a reliable contributor,”

Head Coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s an important cog at an often undervalued position. We’re happy to have him on our team.”

 Yount, a 6-1, 256-pound veteran in his third NFL season out of UCLA, is now signed through the 2017 season. He has seen action in 28 career contests and has added four special-teams tackles. A native of Laguna Beach, Calif.,

 Yount handled all of the team’s long snapping duties in 2012 as well as the final five games of the 2011 season.

 Originally signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Yount handled the long snapping duties for the Buccaneers’ first seven contests that season.

He was waived after Tampa Bay activated its primary long snapper Andrew Economos from the PUP list.