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Former Iowa LB Christian Kirksey Signs 4-Year Contract Extension With Cleveland Browns

Former Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey just got himself paid in the NFL.

The 24-year-old Kirksey, who is entering his fourth year with the Cleveland Browns, has signed a new four-year contract extension. The Browns announced the move this afternoon.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Kirksey's new deal is worth almost $40 million.

Kirksey led the Browns in tackles last season with 148, the third-highest total in the NFL. Most impressively, he played all but two defensive snaps. That's insane.

“First and foremost I want to thank the Haslams for this opportunity and the organization for believing in me,” Kirksey said in a press release. “Hue Jackson has been telling me from day one that I have a chance to be a great player in this league and for them to offer me this contract speaks volumes. I am glad to be here and to be a Brown for a long time. This is my home. This is where I want to be. I love my teammates and we are ready to get this thing rolling. I am excited for the future.”

Kirksey has played in all 48 games through his first three seasons, making 29 starts. He has compiled 271 tackles, eight sacks, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Not bad work for a former third-round pick in 2014.