The Browns have reached an agreement on a contract with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, the team announced today.
Fox Sports and ESPN first reported the deal.
Cundiff is set to handle the kicking duties for the Browns Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener.
The Browns held a tryout with Cundiff and Giorgio Tavecchio today at their training facility in Berea, and Cundiff prevailed. Veteran Dan Carpenter was scheduled to participate in the audition, but he dropped out of the workout to sign with the Buffalo Bills after their kicker, Dustin Hopkins, suffered a groin injury Monday during practice.
The Browns went through training camp and the preseason with veteran Shayne Graham and undrafted rookie Brandon Bogotay serving as their kickers, but the organization wasn’t satisfied with either one. Last week, the team terminated the contract of Graham and waived/injured Bogotay with a groin injury. Bogotay officially moved to the Browns’ injured reserve Sunday after passing through waivers unclaimed.
Cundiff, 33, made the Pro Bowl in 2010. He has played regular-season games for five NFL teams, including the Browns in 2009, when Pro Bowler Dawson was sidelined with a strained calf. He made an 18-yard field goal to lift the Browns over the Buffalo Bills 6-3 on Oct. 11, 2009.
Cundiff has made 139-of-184 field goals (75.5 percent) and 217-of-218 extra-point kicks during his career. He made all three of his field goals and all four of his extra points in the preseason before the New York Jets cut him and signed Carpenter on Aug. 27. The Jets cut Carpenter, 27, who made the Pro Bowl in 2009, in favor of Nick Folk three days later.
Below is a news release from the Browns.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday agreed to terms on a contract with Billy Cundiff.
Cundiff, a 6-1, 212-pound 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 and 217 of 218 (99.5 percent) extra points. He has scored 634 career points in the regular season and has a career-long field goal of 56 yards. In postseason play, Cundiff is 12 of 14 (85.7 percent) on field goals and 14 of 14 on PATs, for 50 points.
Cundiff re-joins the Browns, where he appeared in five games during the 2009 season. 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.
A first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler in 2010, Cundiff was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2002 and spent four seasons (2002-05) with the Cowboys. He has also appeared in games with New Orleans (2006), Baltimore (2009-11) and Washington (2012). He spent the 2013 preseason with the New York Jets, where he connected on all three of his field-goal attempts. He was waived on Aug. 28.
Cundiff set 15 school records at Drake and seven Pioneer Football League records during his collegiate career. He also played three years on the school’s basketball team. Cundiff attended Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa.