Chicago Bears punter Richmond McGee kicks a ball during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
The Browns signed punter Richmond McGee today to replace Reggie Hodges, the team announced.
Hodges suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon on Tuesday and was placed on injured reserve today. The Browns held a tryout today at their facility in Berea, and McGee, who was waived by the Chicago Bears on Monday, emerged as Hodges' successor.
The Browns also compensated for Eric Wright's departure by signing cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was an unrestricted free agent. Patterson spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, and started nine games last season. Wright recently signed with the Detroit Lions.
The Browns also signed undrafted free-agent linebackers Archie Donald and Eric Gordon and waived linebackers Derrick Addai and Alex Wujciak.
Here's some more information the Browns provided about their recent acquisitions:
- McGee: Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, McGee has spent training camps with the Eagles (2008) and the Bears (2009-10). Last season, he had a brief stint on the Bears’ practice squad. McGee handled the punting and kickoff duties at the University of Texas (2002-05), where he punted 130 times for a 39.6-yard average. He is a native of Garland, Texas where he attended Garland High School.
- Patterson: Originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Patterson has appeared in 50 regular-season games during his time with the Redskins (2005), Kansas City Chiefs (2007-08) and Eagles (2009-10). He has compiled 64 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and five interceptions, including one that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown last season. In 2010, he started nine of the 16 games in which he appeared and registered career-highs in tackles (62) and interceptions (four). He also recorded his first career sack. Patterson transferred to Tuskegee University (2004) after spending three years at Southeast Missouri State University (2001-03). He is a native of Orlando, Fla., where he attended Evans High School.
- Donald: He led the University of Toledo (2006, 2008-10) in tackles in each of his final three seasons. In his collegiate career, he recorded five sacks, five interceptions and 424 tackles, which rank sixth all-time at UT. Donald is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended Penn Hills High School.
- Gordon: He was a four-year letterman at Michigan State University (2007-10), where he started 49 of his 51 career contests. He totaled 331 career tackles and 9.5 sacks. His 49 starts set an MSU record. Gordon was in camp this year with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being waived on Monday. He is a native of Traverse City, Mich., where he attended Traverse City West High School.