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Reports: Former Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler expected to sign with Cleveland Browns

He’s now the highest-paid guard in NFL history.

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A day after former walk-on Rick Wagner was reportedly heading to the NFC North on a big deal, another former Wisconsin Badgers standout appears to be also breaking the bank—and making NFL history.

Former Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler will sign a five-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. Schefter reports Zeitler will receive $31.5 million in guaranteed money.

That will make Zeitler, a former first-team All-American for Wisconsin during the 2011 season, the highest-paid guard in league history.

Reports from Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and the Enquirer’s Jim Owczarski also confirmed the move north for Zeitler. Owczarski noted the Bengals “never formally proposed a contract” to the Milwaukee native.

Zeitler played in 72 games (71 starts) for the Bengals since being drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft (27th overall).

On Wednesday, it was reported that Wagner would sign with the Detroit Lions for around $9 million per year.

Zeitler will join All-Pro left tackle and former Wisconsin standout Joe Thomas on the Browns’ offensive line. Cleveland has been busy over the past two days rebuilding its offensive line, reportedly signing former Green Bay Packers center/guard J.C. Tretter and re-signing left guard Joel Bitonio.

Former walk-on, captain, Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and All-American outside linebacker Joe Schobert also plays for the Browns.

Check out WTMJ4 with Lance Allan tonight for an intriguing look at Zeitler’s day.