Browns Sign Kicker Billy Cundiff

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BEREA, OH — Will the second time be a charm for kicker Billy Cundiff?

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the veteran kicker.

He won a tryout against Giorgio Tavecchio on Tuesday.

Cundiff replaces the legendary Phil Dawson, who left to join the San Francisco 49ers after 14 seasons on the lakefront.

Cundiff, a 6-1′, 212 lb. kicker in his eighth NFL season out of Drake, has appeared in 106 career regular-season contests. He has connected on 139 of 184 (75.5 percent) career field-goal attempts.

This isn’t the first time Cundiff followed in the footsteps of Dawson. He appeared in five games during the 2009 season as Dawson was nursing a calf injury. During that time, he made all four field-goal tries, including an 18-yard game-winning field goal with 22 seconds remaining in a 6-3 victory over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Cundiff was originally signed by Dallas as an un-drafted free agent in 2002 and spent four seasons (2002-2005) with the Cowboys. His best season was 2010 in Baltimore when he was All-Pro and made the Pro Bowl. The next season he missed a potential game-tying field goal in the AFC title game as Baltimore lost to New England. He was cut the following summer.

He spent the 2013 preseason with the New York Jets, where he connected on all three of his field-goal attempts, but was waived on August 28.

He also spent time with the Redskins and 49ers.

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