Cleveland Browns fans will have a hometown kid to cheer on in 2017. We are not talking about Mentor, Ohio native Mitchell Trubisky, at least not yet in regards to the North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback.

Parma, Ohio native Jamie Meder will be back this upcoming season as a building block of the new Browns defensive front. Meder was an exclusive rights free agent for the Browns. None of the other 31 NFL teams could sign him since the Browns extended a minimum qualifying offer this offseason. Meder gets a one-year contract worth $615,000.

The former Ashland Eagles defensive tackle will continue his NFL career in front of friends and family. He played high school football at Parma’s Valley Forge high school.

The 25-year-old made a name for himself in the Browns only win of 2016 on Christmas Eve. Meder’s field goal block with over two minutes to play in the game helped preserve the Browns 20-17 win against the former San Diego Chargers. Meder was honored as the AFC special teams player of the week for week 16 of last season because of the blocked field goal.

He has been with the Browns organization since the 2014 season. Meder has played in 33 career games over his three seasons in the NFL. Last season, he appeared in all 16 regular season games. Meder started at defensive tackle in 15 of the 16 games. He recorded 48 total tackles, one sack, one pass deflection in addition to the field goal block.

Meder and teammate Danny Shelton are quickly becoming one of the most improved defensive tackle combinations in the league. The defensive tackles have the opportunity to have their best season yet. Cleveland will change to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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